6 Ways to Identify and Report a Drunk Driver
As a car accident trial lawyer for over 32 years, I have seen horrific situations due to drunk drivers causing traffic accidents.
DRUNK DRIVING IS A PROBLEM THAT CAUSES THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO SUFFER PERSONAL INJURIES AND DEATH EACH YEAR THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.
A young couple was working in their backyard doing some yard work when a sailor home from leave had been on a drinking binge and got into a car and started driving home. Suddenly and wwithout warning, the sailor came crashing through a fence in the young couple's backyard which struck the wife and then crashed into and through the back wall of their home coming to rest in their kitchen. The young sailor was intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of over twice the legal limit causing the young wife to suffer severe physical and emotional injuries as a result of the accident. It took months of rehabilitation and treatment to help the young woman return to the work force in a limited capacity. The losses caused by the drunk driver were well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Center for Disease Control reports that:
1. Every year, thousands of people are killed due to drunk drivers;
2. These alcohol related crashes comprise of nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in America every year; and
3. Almost a million and a half drivers are arrested each year due to driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
IT IS ILLEGAL IN IDAHO TO OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE INTOXICATED.
All 50 states have enacted laws prohibiting the driving of a motor vehicle exceeding certain levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Idaho is no different. In Idaho, the State Legislature has enacted legislation that prohibits anyone from driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or a BAC equal or greater than 0.08%; and 0.02% or greater if the driver’s age is under 21. See Idaho Code § 18-8004. It is also illegal for a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle with a BAC level of 0.04% or more in the State of Idaho.
THE 6 SIGNS OF IDENTIFYING AN INTOXICATED DRIVER
In tandem with trying to reduce the number of accidents that cause people to suffer significant injuries and death on Idaho’s highways, the Idaho State Police have reported the following signs we should all be on the lookout for to help identify and report others who may be driving drunk. They include,
1. Making wide turns;
2. Crossing lanes
3. Weaving or swerving;
4 Stopping without cause;
5. Driving very fast or slower than usual; and,
6. Slow response to traffic signals.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OTHERS AND YOURSELF FROM BEING INJURED OR KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER.
The first thing that you can do to help others and yourself from being injured or killed by a drunk driver is to avoid driving a vehicle yourself while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Second, don’t ever get into a vehicle with another driver you suspect may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and,
Third, should you ever come across another a driver driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should participate in the REDDI (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) program by calling the Idaho State Police. If you have a cell phone you can call *477 (*ISP) or 800.233.1212 (toll free) to report a possible drunk driver. The life you save may be that of a loved one or your own by helping take a drunk driver off of the road.
Accidents caused by drunk drivers are entirely preventable by drivers simply refusing to drive while intoxicated. They can be avoided simply by drunk drivers making arrangements to take a cab home or have a designated driver take control of the wheel of their car. The simple truth is that drunk drivers cost Americans millions of dollars in financial losses every year as well as costing people their lives.
Idaho is no different. Although the police do their best to catch and arrest drunk drivers, but the problem remains too enormous for police to stop the problem entirely by themselves. If you see a drunk driver at anytime, I encourage you to call the police to report it.
IDAHO CAR ACCIDENT AND TRIAL LAWYER ALAN MORTON HAS OVER 32 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN HELPING VICTIMS OF DRUNK DRIVERS SEEK COMPENSATION FOR THEIR INJURIES AND LOSS OF LOVED ONES.
If you or a loved one have been injured or if a loved one has lost their life due to a drunk driver, you should contact an experienced trial lawyer for an initial free consultation to learn about your legal rights and remedies. You have limited time in which to provide notice to a purveyor of alcohol to pursue a dram shop action for someone serving alcohol to a minor or someone who is obviously intoxicated and then later gets into a motor vehicle collision.
Boise Car Accident and Trial Lawyer Alan Morton has over 32 years of experience helping victims of drunk drivers in seeking compensation for personal injuries, wrongful death and other damages. You may contact Mr. Morton for an initial free consultation at 208.344.5555, 888.716.8021 (toll free) or by completing an online contact form. Mr. Morton and his staff have a listening ear and are willing to talk to you about your legal rights and remedies to help your family and you seek justice for your injuries and damages arising from a car crash caused by a drunk driver.