Avoiding a crash with drunk drivers in Las Vegas

As the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas can be an incredibly fun place to live and visit. For many, part of the fun and allure of Las Vegas is associated with alcohol. Unfortunately, this leads to higher rates of drinking and driving. If you believe the operator of a vehicle near you is driving drunk, there are a few things you can do to help avoid a crash and to assist in getting the drunk driver off the road.

  1. Create distance between your car and theirs
    • Often, drunk drivers are unable to maintain proper control on their vehicle. As a result, it is common for them to swerve between lanes, make sudden stops, and drive far below or above the speed limit. Keeping a safe distance between you and the other car will allow you to avoid any potential hazards that might be created by the impaired driver.
  2. Take down the car’s license plate number and description
    • If you can do so safely, make note of the license plate number, color, and make and model of the of the drunk driver’s car. Also, note the direction he or she is traveling in and any description of the driver you can see without getting too close to the vehicle.
  3. Do not attempt to make the driver pull over
    • Again, make sure you are avoiding any action that will put you and your car’s passengers in any danger. Aside from a potential crash, attempting to interact with the inebriated driver might anger him or her, which can then lead to a more serious situation.
  4. Call 911
    • After you have taken down any identifiable information and have removed yourself from any potentially dangerous situation, contact the police and provide them with the information you have for the drunk driver.
  5. Do not follow the vehicle
    • Ultimately, ensuring your safety and that of your car’s passengers is most important. Following the impaired driver can put you at risk of a car accident.

For information on accidents caused by drunk drivers, visit our DUI page. Statistics related to drunk driving in Nevada can be found on the Center for Disease Control’s website.

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