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Tips for interacting with drunk drivers

California motorists hope that they don't have to encounter a drunk driver. However, it is important to know what to do when in close proximity to one. The signs of impaired driving include braking for no reason, failing to stop at traffic lights or signs and driving in the center of the road. Those who are impaired may also drive on the wrong side of the road.

Those who see a drunk driver should call 911 immediately and provide as many details about the encounter as possible. For example, it is a good idea to provide the location where the call is being made as well as the make and model of the car being operated by an impaired individual. It is not a good idea to follow too closely behind a vehicle being driven erratically.

It is also not a good idea to try to detain an impaired individual driver. Furthermore, there is no need to assist a police officer unless he or she asks for help. A person should not attempt to provide medical or other forms of assistance unless that individual is trained to provide it. Drivers can keep themselves safe by never operating a car or truck while drunk, tired or distracted by people or objects.

Drunk driving can lead to car crashes that may result in catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles. These victims might require lengthy periods of expensive medical car and treatment, during which many of them are unable to earn a living. They might want to have a lawyer's assistance when seeking compensation for the losses that they have incurred.

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