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How to Spot a Drunk Driver over the Thanksgiving Weekend

From road trips to backyard football, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Thanksgiving. Some people choose to celebrate the holiday with a few drinks. If you intend to drive over the holiday weekend - even if you remain sober - be aware that drunk-driving rates spike over Thanksgiving.


If a drunk driver injures you or a family member over the holiday weekend, turn to The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is a personal-injury lawyer in Rome who will help you claim the maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost income and non-economic damages.

Mr. Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years, giving him the experience, knowledge and resources to represent your interests. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation.

8 Signs a Driver Might Be Drunk

Most drivers are cautious behind the wheel, sticking to the speed limit and doing what they can to keep their fellow travelers safe. These are drivers who would never dream of turning the key in the ignition after consuming too much alcohol - but there many others who are not as conscientious.

Alcohol affects everyone in slightly different ways - but it always has a negative impact on your ability to drive safely. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consuming alcohol can cause:

      Exaggerated or unpredictable behavior;

      Loss of muscle control;

      Impaired judgment; and

      Poor coordination.

If you plan to be on the road over the Thanksgiving holiday, look out for drivers who are behaving erratically or recklessly. Keep your distance from motorists who show the following symptoms of inebriation:

1.     Swerving;

2.     Braking suddenly for no reason;

3.     Signaling but not turning, or using the wrong turn signal;

4.     Responding slowly to traffic signals;

5.     Straddling two lanes;

6.     Not using the headlights at night;

7.     Traveling much slower or faster than the speed limit; or

8.     Making illegal turns.

What to Do If You Spot a Drunk Driver over the Thanksgiving Weekend

If you suspect that a driver is drunk, take these four steps:

1.     Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle;

2.     Do not try to make the driver stop;

3.     Write down the make, model, color and license plate tag of the vehicle; and

4.     Pull over to a safe place and call the police.

How to Stop Loved Ones from Driving Drunk

If your friend or family member attempts to drive drunk over the Thanksgiving weekend, Mothers Against Drunk Driving recommends that you intervene by taking these eight steps:

1.     Take a non-confrontational approach;

2.     Talk slowly and clearly;

3.     Recommend alternative ways to travel such as a taxi, a sober driver or a ride-share service;

4.     Express that you are concerned about your loved one's safety;

5.     If possible, suggest that the person stays the night;

6.     Ask a friend to help you intervene;

7.     If the person still insists on driving, then try to take his or her keys; and

8.     As a last resort, call the police - facing DUI charges is not as bad as dying or injuring another person. 

If a drunk driver injures you or a family member over the Thanksgiving weekend, call The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is an accident attorney in Rome who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation.


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