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Signs that a driver is drunk

With the holiday season fast approaching in Florida, festive celebrations and social gatherings are at an all-time high. So is the number of drunk driving accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, the number of motorists who were apprehended for driving while under the influence of alcohol was more than 1.1 million. Anyone who plans to be on the roads during this time of year should become more familiar with how to identify drunk drivers so they can avoid them at all costs.

The effects of alcohol intoxication

The effects of alcohol impairment start with the consumption of the first drink. Law enforcement often uses blood alcohol testing equipment, such as Breathalyzers and field sobriety tests to determine a driver’s level of intoxication. Motorists who drive while they are inebriated are not always easy to spot. However, many drunk drivers do exhibit similar characteristics that indicate alcohol is a factor in their behaviors. Common signs of intoxicated driving include:

Impaired judgment

Alcohol interferes with a person’s ability to think logically, states the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. It clouds their judgment and makes it harder for them to properly assess situations and respond to them properly. Too much alcohol can cause motorists to hallucinate and see things that are not really there.

Slower reaction times

Intoxication slows down a driver’s ability to mentally and physically react to situations and stimuli. This increases the chances of them performing illegal and improper driving maneuvers that put themselves and everyone else on the roads with them at risk for accidents.

Reckless driving behavior

Alcohol lowers inhibitions and increases carelessness. Intoxicated motorists may also become more volatile. In an attempt to compensate for their feelings, drunk vehicle operators may drive more aggressively than usual, tailgate other motorists and engage in other reckless driving behaviors, such as weaving in and out of traffic, speeding, ignoring traffic signals and exhibiting road rage.

Drivers who notice drunk motorists on the road should immediately notify the authorities and stay as far away from them as possible. They should also avoid engaging in this type of behavior themselves. If alcohol is consumed, they should use an alternative means of transportation to keep the roads safe.

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