Police have ways of detecting impaired drivers. Some of these we all know, and some others we should learn. A motorist in Lakeshore just learned that obsessive tailgating is one of them.
The motorist, who was driving on Highway 401 called the police and complained that a driver was tailgating the vehicle. The caller had tried to shake the tailgater, but couldn’t. Finally the police arrived and pulled the tailgater over. He refused a breath test but appeared, according to the police report, to be intoxicated.
The most obvious sign of a drunk driver is weaving, drifting into another lane, or hitting the curb. There are subtler ones, however, and police are good at spotting them:
- Failing to proceed at a green light
- Driving with windows open in cold weather
- Playing the radio loudly
- Driving too slowly
- Cornering too widely or too close to the curb or shoulder
Tailgating isn’t generally on the list, though it’s an example of erratic driving that shows that someone is not using proper judgement.
Incidentally, refusing a roadside breath test garners the same penalties as impaired driving: a one-year licence suspension, fines, and probation. Generally it’s considered another example of the poor judgement – like tailgating and drunk driving – that gets one into trouble on the road.