Call 911 if you suspect a motorist is driving drunk

A total of 364 motorists were arrested for investigation of driving under the influence in King County during a recent drunk driving enforcement emphasis, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Statewide, 1,603 drivers were arrested during the “Drive Hammered, Get Nailed” campaign, which ran from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3.

drunk driving accident lawyerLast year, the number of DUI arrests in King County during the same campaign was 452.

King County law enforcement agencies that partnered with the King County Sheriff’s office and the Washington State Patrol in this year’s campaign were the police departments in Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Pacific, Port of Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie and Tukwila.

August is the most deadly months in Washington in terms of fatal accidents linked to drunk driving. You can do you part to assist law enforcement in identifying and stopping drunk drivers by calling 911 if you suspect someone is driving drunk.

How to Identify a Drunk Driver

There are some clues that another driver may be driving under the influence. Sometimes a driver knows they are drunk and exhibits the following behaviors:

  • The driver is driving slower than the speed limit
  • The driver is driving close to the steering wheel with face close to the windshield
  • The driver makes sudden stops
  • The driver steps on their brakes often
  • The driver is “sloppy” and goes from side to side and crosses lane markers

Drivers who don’t think they are drunk may be aggressive drivers and exhibit the following behaviors:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Tailgating
  • Being aggressive
  • Weaving in traffic
  • Crossing line stripes


Call 911

If you witness the behaviors described above, you should call 911. Drunk drivers are dangerous drivers and pose a danger to themselves and others.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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