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How to Spot and Report a Drunk Driver

The Oregon State Police Department recently issued a reminder to all of us sharing the roads – bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists – that we share responsibility for keeping our streets safe. Here are the signs of a drunk driver from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (to see the full list please visit www.MADD.org)

Signs of a drunk driver:

  • Stopping without cause, or erratic braking
  • Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
  • Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Straddling the center lane marker
  • Swerving
  • Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit

If you see a driver exhibiting these signs, your safety may be at risk. Drive defensively: stay as far back from the drunk driver as possible, and do not try to pass the vehicle. If you can safely do so, note the vehicle’s make, model, color and license plate number.

Pull over: call 9-1-1, or in Oregon 1-800-24DRUNK, or have a passenger make the call. Give the operator a license plate and/or vehicle description, the car’s location and direction of travel, and explain what the vehicle is doing.

You can check current Oregon road and traffic conditions at www.tripcheck.org, and Washington traffic at www.wsdot.com/traffic 

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