Know the signs of impaired driving

Driving can be dangerous, even if everybody on the road is completely sober. However, the attorneys at Shulman & Hill know that impaired driving is extraordinarily dangerous and contributes to many vehicular accidents in New York and around the rest of the country.

According to MedlinePlus, over half of all car crashes in the United States are somehow related to impaired driving. Impaired driving can involve operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including specific prescription drugs that can cause drowsiness or affect concentration.  It can also involve drivers who text or who are dangerously sleepy.

If you notice that a vehicle in your vicinity is drifting or weaving while on the road, there is a good chance that the driver may be impaired. Cars that execute sudden turns or brake without warning may also signal an impaired driver. Sometimes you may notice that an impaired driver is leaning very close to the windshield due to not being able to see clearly. Some motorists have reported even seeing impaired drivers imbibing alcohol while operating the car.

Keep in mind that, again, impaired drivers are not always drunk. People who text and drive are also impaired, as their full attention is not on the road. Remember to keep your cell phone out of your hands while driving and ensure that any teenagers learning to drive do the same.

If you see an impaired driver, make sure that you get the license plate number and notify the local authorities. For more information about impaired driving, make sure to visit our web page.