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How can I recognize a drunk driver?

Drunk drivers pose a huge risk to everyone on the roadways in Washington, but they can be especially devastating for motorcyclists. If you ride a bike, then you know how important it is to stay alert and aware of the vehicles around you on the road. To protect yourself and others, you should understand how to recognize a drunk driver so you can report them and get them off the road before they have a chance to hurt anybody.

MADD suggests watching for subtle signs, such as not using headlights at night or the use of turning signals that does not correspond with what the driver is doing. You also can look for more obvious signs, such as weaving or almost hitting other vehicles or other objects. Odd driving habits, such as braking for no reason, driving very slowly or turning without warning, are also signs of an impaired driver.

A drunk driver may also go in and out his or her lane or straddle the center line. So, watch for drivers who appear to not have full control over their vehicle. They are also more likely to tailgate and usually have slower response times. These things may be more difficult to narrow down to a drunk driver, but in conjunction with other signs is a good indication of an impaired driver.

Remember that you should never try to stop or pursue a driver yourself. Keep your distance and contact the authorities. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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