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How do I spot a drunk driver in Kentucky?

Getting behind the wheel to go to school or work each day is more dangerous than many drivers might think. Driving is a dangerous task that many take for granted. The task becomes even more dangerous due to those who make poor decisions to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. So, how do you spot a drunk driver in Kentucky?

Quite possibly the most common sign of drunk driving is when a driver is seen straddling the middle of the road. It is very difficult for a drunk driver to keep his or her vehicle within the designated lanes of the roadway. Many will straddle the center line.

Another sign of drunk driving is when a vehicle is found driving in the wrong direction on the road. For example, a car is seen driving northbound in the southbound lanes of a highway.

When a vehicle is sitting at an intersection controlled by a traffic light that is red and takes more than a couple seconds to begin moving when the light turns green can be another sign of drunk driving. It shows that the driver is so impaired that he or she cannot react appropriately to what is happening around him or her.

Erratic or unnecessary braking could be a sign of a potential drunk driver, especially if there are no other vehicles in front of him or her on the road.

You should never attempt to stop a drunk driver when spotted. Instead, get as much information about the vehicle and call 911. Do not follow the vehicle and do not try to pass the vehicle.

Have you been injured in an accident with a drunk driver in Jefferson? The results of such an accident can be tragic. You need to protect your rights as the victim as soon as possible following such an accident. Compensation can be acquired for damages incurred, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.

Source: Old-Colony, "How to spot a drunk driver," accessed Jan. 26, 2018

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