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How can I protect myself from drunk drivers?

Drunk drivers are a top cause of accidents in South Carolina, and while law enforcement works diligently to keep them off the roads, they cannot catch everyone. Because of this, you need to learn how to protect yourself if you come into contact with someone who is driving under the influence.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety explains your best defense against drunk drivers is to be alert and aware when on the roads. The department also provides a few tips for how to handle contact with an intoxicated driver.

Report the driver

You should report the suspected drunk driver to law enforcement as soon as you can safely do so. Do not distract yourself while driving. You can pull off the roadway to make the call if you do not have a hands-free device.

Be ready to provide information about your location and the other vehicle. Try to give as many details as possible to help officers find the driver.

Move out of the way

Drunk drivers can behave in erratic ways. You need to try to get away from the other driver as quickly and safely as possible. If you think there is an intoxicated driver coming at you, try to get to the right side of the road and leave the roadway as soon as you can.

If you think the driver is behind you, then you should exit the roadway as soon as you can by turning on another road. However, pay attention to the driver to make sure he or she will stop. You should signal and slow down early.

If the driver is in front of you, keep a good distance from the vehicle. Do not try to pass the vehicle.

You may not always be able to avoid impaired drivers on the roadways. It is a good idea to know how to react when you come into contact with one as it can help you to stay safe.

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