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Keeping You Safe: 7 Ways to Avoid Drunk and Impaired Drivers

All too often I see the victims of accidents caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Tragically, many of these accidents and the resulting injuries and damages could have been avoided. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012 over 10,000 people died as a result of accidents with alcohol-impaired drivers. That is one person every 51 minutes! It is important to know how to recognize and avoid intoxicated drivers.

1. When possible, avoid driving late at night. Most drunk drivers hit the road after a night at the bar or partying with friends. If you can, do not drive late at night.

2. If you must drive late at night, avoid rural roads. These roads tend to have far more curves and turns that may limit visibility. Also, you may not have much room to move off to the side of the road if an impaired driver is approaching you.

3. Watch for drivers who are swerving or edging too close to the side or center of the road or stopping for no reason. We've all seen drivers swerving from time to time. These drivers are often impaired and should be avoided. Be sure to leave ample braking distance between your car and the car that is swerving.

4. Report impaired drivers to the police. Note their license plate number and the direction they are traveling. You may feel a little guilty for turning someone in, but you may be saving their life!

5. Avoid holiday driving. Holidays result in far more people than usual driving impaired. When possible, drive during the day and stay off the road during the evening and nighttime hours. And remember- do not let your friends leave your celebration drunk! Drive them home or call a ride.

6. Be careful at intersections. Drunk or impaired drivers may not obey stop signs or red lights. They are likely to take greater risks or not notice potential danger . Drive defensively, especially at night.

7. Wear your seatbelt. In the event of a car accident, your seatbelt may be the difference between life and death. You can only do so much to avoid drunk drivers, but wearing a seatbelt is certain to provide protection in the event of a car accident.

Many people enjoy relaxing with a drink or two, but drinking and driving do not mix! If you have been in an accident with a drunk or impaired driver, call us right away at 727-475-6854 or contact us online. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

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