There are quite a few classic signs of a drunk driver. Speeding is one of them, and that’s because alcohol affects your judgement so that drunk driver may not realize or care that he or she is going that fast.
Swerving all over the road is another sign, and that’s because alcohol affects hand/eye coordination so the driver can’t perform basic tasks like steering as well. You may also have seen a drunk driver slam on the brakes repeatedly, because he or she can’t figure out how to slow down or stop.
But not all drunk drivers will speed up, slam on the brakes, or swerve in their lane. Another one of the classic signs of a drunk driver is low speed. If you’re wondering why someone os driving very slowly on a highway or busy road, it could very well be that the person driving is drunk. You’d think these people would be easy for police to catch when they are spotted, but if you take a case in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as an example, it’s not as simple as you’d think.
The driver in this case wasn’t exhibiting any of the classic signs of a drunk driver; instead he was driving very slowly when he cruised through a stop sign. That’s when police gave chase, also slowly, and directed him to pull over.
They got right up beside him but he wouldn’t stop his slow cruise until he made it to a parking lot, and when police finally confronted him face to face he was charged with impaired driving, driving on a suspended license, and a charge called ‘breach of undertaking.’ In other words, however slowly he was driving, he was also evading arrest.
Saskatchewan just changed their impaired driving laws to crack down on all drunk drivers, whether speed, crash, or drive slow, and because those harsher penalties are now in place this offender is looking at a longer ignition interlock sentence and possible vehicle impound too.
Fast, slow, or erratic: if you think you recognize the classic signs of a drunk driver you should always call that person in. You’ll never know what could happen if you don’t.