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How to Spot a Drunk Driver

Not only is driving drunk illegal, it is also incredibly dangerous to anybody that is on the road--or near it. Drunk drivers routinely hurt themselves and the people around them and can cause fatal accidents in the blink of an eye. There are a few ways to spot a drunk driver that could save your life.

A drunk driver will:

-Tailgate - ride uncomfortably close to another driver's bumper.

-Accelerate and decelerate - random and extreme changes in speed are causes for concern and a great signifier of an unfocused and, possibly drunk, driver.

-Brake randomly - random stops in the middle of the road.

-Swerve - the biggest tell - a drunk driver cannot stay in their own lane.

As you can see all these "tells" pose potential danger to those around them. There are other little things that can be potential signs of drunk driving as well including: headlights being off, driving way too slow, or inconsistent turn signals that do not correlate with the actual road. However these same things can be signs of other sort of drivers (namely bad ones) as well.

If you have the feeling that the person in front of you is driving drunk then you should be sure to report them immediately. Pull over to the side of the road, after getting their license plate, and report them to the police.

   

Is Riding a Bicycle while Intoxicated Legal or Illegal?

While it may seem like a safer option, riding a bicycle while intoxicated is not necessarily legal. The laws differ per state. The key in determining your state's laws is to see how they define a "vehicle." Some states may classify bicycles as vehicles while others do not.

If your state's law includes the word "motor" with vehicle, it's a good bet that bicycles are excluded. However, that won't necessarily exempt you from receiving a ticket. Read the law very carefully and if you're still unsure, consult legal counsel.

It's important to remember that if you're operating a vehicle in a public roadway, you are putting yourself and others at risk if you are riding while intoxicated.

Receiving a DUI while operating a bicycle will not affect your driver's license because no licenses are required to ride bicycles.

The laws governing intoxication and bicycles vary from non-existent to quite specific. For example, in Washington state, a police officer cannot cite an intoxicated bicyclist but can transport him to safer place. In Oregon, the same vehicular laws apply to bicycles. Oregon is a "three strikes" state and a DUI received while biking counts towards those strikes. South Dakota offers yet another take. DUI laws do not apply to bicycles, tricycles, or animals.

The safest bet if you've been drinking to let someone else do the driving.

   
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