How to Report A Drunk Driver: Someone Dies in Texas Traffic Every Day

In November 2018, Texas reached a milestone no state aspires to 18 years without a death-free day on Texas roadways. The roadway death toll for those 18 years tops 66,000. In 2016, 3,776 people died on Texas roads, while 23 states saw fewer than 500 traffic fatalities. If you or someone you love was injured or killed by a drunk driver, talk to the drunk driving accident lawyer Houston has relied upon since 1979. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. at 800-298-0111.

How to Report A Drunk Driver

cell phoneIn Texas, you can report a drunk driver by calling 1-800-525-5555. This number is printed on the back of every Texas driver’s license as a non-emergency number for motorists.  If the person is driving dangerously and poses a threat to others or themselves, this is an emergency and you may also report by calling 9-1-1. The life you save may be your own.

Houston and Dallas Lead U.S. Metros in DUI Crashes

One significant factor in the high number of injuries and deaths on Texas roads is a much higher-than-average number of drug and alcohol-related crashes. The Houston Chronicle compared alcohol and drug-related traffic fatalities across ten major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and found that Houston and Dallas topped the list.

Over a 16-year period, the Houston metro saw more than eight times as many drugged and drunk driving deaths as the Boston area, four times as many as Atlanta and San Francisco, nearly twice as many as Chicago, and more than 50% more than Los Angeles. The Dallas metro area was a close second, just ahead of New York City. Houston and Dallas personal injury lawyers are constantly busy prosecuting dui crashes.

The problem isn’t limited to the Houston and Dallas areas. Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Chronicle, “We are the worst state in the nation for drunk-driving fatalities and crashes. And we happen to be the worst of the worst in Harris County.”

Making Texas Roads Safer

Legislation, law enforcement, and the courts play important roles in decreasing drunk driving and drugged driving injuries and fatalities in Texas and around the country. But, much of the solution lies in the hands of individuals.

Obviously, refraining from driving after drinking is a critical step. If you have any doubt at all about whether you’re sober enough to drive both legally and safely, choose another option: stay where you are, call a cab or an Uber, ask a friend for a ride, or find another safe option. If you realize after getting behind the wheel that you shouldn’t be driving, find the first safe place to stop.

Sober drivers have the opportunity to minimize risk on the road as well.  Every driver should familiarize himself or herself with the signs of an impaired driver and respond appropriately. Key signs to be on the lookout for include:

  • Weaving or drifting out of the driver’s lane
  • Swerving without cause
  • Making wide turns
  • Riding the centerline
  • Narrowly avoiding collision
  • Driving below the speed limit without apparent reason
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving at night without headlights
  • Braking suddenly or without apparent reason
  • Making sudden turns or unsafe lane changes

When you witness this type of behavior on the road, steer clear—an impaired driver may act unpredictably, so the best way to protect yourself from a collision with a drunk driver or driver who is under the influence of drugs is to keep your distance from the vehicle he or she is operating. The next step is to report a drunk driver as soon as you can safely do so.

Why People May Be Reluctant to Report A Drunk Driver

Sometimes people do not report drunk drivers because they don’t want to be responsible for another person getting arrested. Sadly, many drivers are inclined to “mind their own business” when they see other drivers behaving erratically. But, pulling over alongside the road to make a call to authorities could save a life—perhaps even the life of the driver you’re reporting. The more information you can provide about the location and the vehicle, the better. It is simply the right thing to do.





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