3 common signs of drunk driving

Drunk drivers may behave oddly on the road, react slowly to traffic or drive with noticeable caution.

Over the course of a decade, 10,327 people in California were killed in a car accident that involved a drunk driver states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By law, anyone with a blood alcohol concentration equal to or higher than 0.08 percent is considered too drunk to drive. With so many deaths related to drunk driving, it can be beneficial for the general public to learn about the signs that show a driver might be under the influence.

Erratic behavior

Alcohol can impair a person's ability to make judgment calls. By the time a person has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent, reasoning and self-control can also be reduced. This often leads to unpredictable behavior both on and off of the road. The following irregular actions could be a sign that a driver has been drinking:

  • Making illegal turns
  • Stopping abruptly for no reason
  • Swerving in and out of the lane boundaries
  • Driving into oncoming traffic
  • Following closely behind cars

Even something as simple as turning on the wrong blinker or driving without lights when it is dark could be a sign that someone on the road has been drinking. Of course, not every driver on the road who misuses their turn signals has a high level of alcohol in their system. Instead, everyone on the road should be cautious of the driver who continuously exhibits these potentially dangerous behaviors.

Slow reactions

Alcohol can also reduce a person's reaction time and muscle coordination, which is a big cause of accidents. However, these slow reactions might be noticeable before they result in a car crash. For example, if a person takes a while to stop or start at a changing traffic light, it could be because of a high blood alcohol concentration. The higher over the legal limit a person is the greater the loss of muscle control might be, which can make these slow reactions even more pronounced.

Overly cautious conduct

Some people may choose to over compensate when they are impaired behind the wheel. This can lead to overly cautious driving. For example, if a car is going more than 10 miles below the speed limit, it could be because the driver has been drinking. Even when driving so slow, a drunk driver may swerve noticeably or react poorly to the traffic around him or her.

Car accidents are a common occurrence in the California area, and some of these accidents could involve a person who has been drinking. It can be beneficial to talk to a knowledgeable attorney if personal injury or property damage takes place due to a motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver.