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Florida Sheriff Releases Video of Drunk Driver to Warn Motorists Nationwide

December 07, 2015

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Florida has released a video intended to warn drivers across the country. The video depicts a drunk driver getting out of his vehicle and falling to the ground. He is intoxicated to the point that he cannot get up until law enforcement officers arrest him. It is revealed on the video that this intoxicated driver was involved in a hit and run crash before the arrest. A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office stated that they released the video as a sobering reminder to all drivers and road users of who they could be sharing the road with. The sheriff's office hopes that all drivers will stop and think twice before getting behind the wheel if they have consumed alcohol.

This Sarasota video depicts a 23 year old driver who parks his vehicle and attempts to get out, then falls down immediately and remains on the ground even after repeated attempts to stand up. Deputies arrest the man five miles from the site of an accident which he caused. He has been charged with driving under the influence and his breath test results indicated a .22 intoxication level.

The auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, hope that this video reaches many viewers across the country and here in Georgia. It is a truly frightening thought that innocent drivers and their passengers could be sharing the roadways with drivers such as the one shown in this video.

Protecting Yourself Against Drunk Drivers

Drivers everywhere should take steps to protect themselves against drunk drivers. Defensive driving is always important, but it can save your life if faced by a drunk driver. Drivers should also be especially on the alert during the nighttime hours as people are statistically more likely to be intoxicated at night.

Common signs that a driver may be drunk include:

  • Drifting within the lane
  • Straddling the center of the road
  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Almost striking cars or other objects
  • Zigzagging across the road
  • Stopping inappropriately
  • Appearing intoxicated, such as putting their face to the windshield or drinking what appears to be alcohol in the vehicle
  • Turning abruptly or without a turn signal
  • Driving excessively slow or excessively fast
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals

If you suspect a driver is drunk, it is imperative that you drive defensively. Be prepared to take quick evasive action. Keep your distance from the suspected drunk driver and let the driver pass you if possible. If the car heads on a collision course towards you, pull to the right and stop, honk, and turn on your flashers. Call 911 so that the driver cannot injure others.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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