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Texas takes first in drunk driving deaths

While there is much for Texans to be proud of in the Lone Star state, leading the nation in the number of alcohol-related fatalities isn’t one of them. The state surpasses all others and the amount continues to rise every year. Coupled with Texas’ soaring speed limits, the two are a recipe for disaster.

Unfortunately, this results in innocent people being ripped away from their families due to one person’s poor decision. From 2003 to 2012, 13,138 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents. That’s more than three-quarters of the number of students enrolled at every high school in the city of Plano.

However, by being able to recognize when someone is drunk behind the wheel, you may be able to help prevent such senseless tragedies and get impaired drivers off the road.

Signs of a drunk driver:

People who are drunk often think that they are driving just fine, but it’s clear to others on the road that something is wrong. Here are some common giveaways of a drunk driver.

  • Dangerous braking
  • Drifting in and out of lanes
  • Driving over or under the speed limit
  • Following other cars too closely
  • Ignoring or reacting slowly to traffic lights and stop signs
  • Driving erratically and almost hitting objects or cars

Of course, use your judgment if you see a driver doing any of these things. One instance of tailgating does not always mean that they are impaired.

Suspect a driver is drunk? Here’s what to do.

If you see a drunk driver, you’ll want to get your vehicle as far away from them as possible. Before doing so, however, try to remember the color and make of their vehicle, their license plate number and what they look like. Once you’ve done so, it can be a good idea to pull over and call the police right away. Provide them with the information, including the location and direction they are traveling. It isn’t always wise to try to take down a drunk driver on your own, and waiting for cops to arrive can keep you out of harm’s way.

It isn’t always easy to stand up and do what’s right. By making the tough decision and reaching out to police, even if you’re unsure, you could be saving a life.

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