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What should you do if you spot a drunk driver?

For one reason or another, there are people who think it is okay to drink and drive. There are also those who make this mistake one time and end up paying for it dearly.

Every day, drunk drivers take to the roads throughout the United States. By doing so, they put others at risk for injury or death.

Do you pay attention to every move other drivers make? You should. If you do, it is likely that there will come a time when you spot somebody who appears to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Maybe they are swerving from one lane to the next. Maybe they are driving the wrong way on a one-way road. As a responsible citizen, there are steps you can take to get this person off the road before they cause an accident.

First off, don't attempt to get too close to the other driver. Doing so will put you at risk for being involved in an accident. If possible, record the person's license plate number. You should then pull over, contact the police and provide them with the license plate information. They will likely ask for your location, so make sure you are as accurate as possible.

There is no way of knowing for sure if a person is driving drunk, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Making one phone call to the authorities could help prevent an accident. Subsequently, you could play a big part in helping somebody avoid serious injury or death.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "What to Do if You See a Drunk Driver," accessed May. 13, 2015

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