New Year’s Eve is a fun time to be out, ringing in the New Year with friends and family. Unfortunately, it’s also a dangerous time to be out and about. During the time from Thanksgiving to the end of New Year’s weekend, the amount of DUI arrests and alcohol-involved traffic crashes increase significantly. People are caught up in the fun and celebration of holiday festivities and make the poor choice to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. You know not to drive your Clermont Toyota if you’ve been drinking, but do you know how to spot drunk driving on the road? Toyota of Clermont has tips to help you spot drunk driving and report it to the authorities.
How to Spot Drunk Driving
It’s important to avoid drunk driving in all forms. You yourself should avoid drinking and driving and you should avoid drunk drivers on the road. Drivers that are under the influence are unpredictable and not in safe control of their vehicle. When you’re driving on New Year’s Eve this weekend, keep an eye out for drunk driving. If you’re unsure of what this looks like, look for key indications of drunk driving, like:
- Inability to maintain a lane.
- Swerving and over-correcting.
- Sudden stops and quick acceleration.
- Driving into oncoming traffic lanes.
- Driving with no headlights at night.
- Almost striking another vehicle or object.
If you notice one or more of these dangerous behaviors while driving your Clermont Toyota, you should immediately call the police. When connected with the authorities, give them a thorough description of the vehicle and the driver, including the license plate number and the direction in which they are driving. Make sure to keep a safe distance from the suspected drunk driver. A drunk driver could suddenly swerve or collide with your Clermont Toyota.
It’s important that you do not try to get the attention of a drunk driver. Do not wave, flash your lights, or honk at someone you suspect of drunk driving. This distraction may remove the remaining focus a drunk driver has on the road and attempt at driving with control. Instead, keep a safe distance and call the police.
Pedestrian Safety from Toyota of Clermont
New Year’s Eve is not just a dangerous time to drive, but also to walk. According to AAA, more pedestrian fatalities occur on New Year’s Eve than any other holiday, including Halloween. A majority of these pedestrian deaths were alcohol-involved, including intoxicated drivers and intoxicated pedestrians. If you’re going to be walking around on New Year’s Eve, ensure that you are following pedestrian safety rules like:
- Stay on sidewalks and out of the roads.
- Use designated crosswalks and look both ways before crossing a street.
- Make yourself visible. Carry a flashlight or wear brightly colored clothing when walking at night.
- Walk with a buddy.
2017 is sure to be a great year – make sure you’re there to see it! When making plans for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, be sure to keep your personal safety and the safety of others in mind. For more safe driving or pedestrian safety tips, give Toyota of Clermont a call at (888) 590-6090!