The next time you hit the road in California, you might wind up coming across a suspected drunk driver. This can be a scary situation for even the most experienced drivers. You might feel helpless and even frightened that you could be involved in an accident with said driver. Following are some tips for safely reporting a suspected drunk driver.

The first thing you need to know is how to spot the signs of a possible drunk driver. These will include any of the following:

  • Swerving
  • Excessive braking
  • Late turns
  • Straddling the center or shoulder lines
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Not responding correctly to traffic lights
  • Making inappropriate stops in traffic

Once you spot the signs of a possible drunk driver, you can attempt to acquire descriptive information about the vehicle. This includes the color, make, model, license plate number and any other identifying information.

Now you can move safely away from the vehicle so that you are not involved in an accident. Use a hands-free device to call 911 and report the drunk driver. Be sure to provide the dispatcher with all of the information you have, including the most recent location of the vehicle.

If you can safely do so, try to follow the vehicle until officers arrive. This could save someone’s life.

Reporting a drunk driver is something everyone should know how to do in case you come across one on the roads of Southern California. Just make sure you do not approach the vehicle or try to interact with the driver. This is unsafe and could lead to a serious accident or violence.