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Preventing drunk drivers from hurting others

Most drivers understand that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. However, some people still get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. 

These drivers are the cause of numerous accidents that result in serious injuries and even death. If someone suspects that a driver is drunk, there are steps to take to get that person off the road. 

Drunk driving facts and stats

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 10,000 people die every year in the United States due to crashes involving an intoxicated driver, and an average of 235 people die each year in Arizona. The age group with the highest death rates are drivers aged 21 to 34. 

As it is in other states, an illegal blood alcohol content is .08% and higher. In the state, 1.1% of surveyed people admit to driving after having too much to drink. 

How to spot an intoxicated driver

Arizona is one of the states that allows sobriety checkpoints, which helps rid the road of drunk drivers. However, there are signs that other drivers can spot that may indicate someone is too inebriated to drive. 

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the following are signs that someone should not be driving: 

  • Swerving or drifting in and out of lanes 
  • Driving in the middle of two lanes 
  • Driving at a speed that is 10 mph or more under the speed limit 
  • Driving at night with no headlights 
  • Speeding up or slowing down quickly 

If another driver or passenger identifies a potential drunk driver, he or she should gather as much information as possible, such as the make, model and color of the car; license plate number; location and the observed behaviors. When it is safe to do so, this person should call 911 and report the driver.