impaired drivers
March 03, 2021
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For South Florida residents, Spring Break means out-of-town drivers causing hazardous driving conditions. Often these young drivers, who do not know the area near their favorite beach destinations, behave recklessly or drive while impaired which results in traffic violations and accidents.

In fact, Spring Break is one of the most traveled times of the year, following Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Spring Break 2021 dates begin February 22 and go through April 21 this year with the peak landing in mid-March. Each year during Spring Break, car accident numbers rise with an increase in the number of impaired drivers on the road resulting in increased injuries and fatalities.

Here, the professionals at County Line Chiropractic Medical & Rehab Centers offer you these tips on how to stay safe during Spring Break 2021.

 

What Are the Signs of Impaired Drivers?

impaired drivers

Impaired, in the realm of driving, most often refers to drivers who are operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is also used to describe a driver who is having difficulty driving which may be due to aggression, confusion, drowsiness, distractions in or outside the vehicle, talking or texting on a mobile device, or other factors. Staying alert for impaired drivers can lower your risk of being involved in an accident by allowing you to keep your distance once the impaired driver is observed.

Here are some factors to look for when identifying an impaired driver:

  • Drivers who are speeding or driving too slowly as well as drivers who are driving at unpredictable speeds (i.e. fast, then slow, or stopping suddenly for no apparent reason).
  • Drivers traveling erratically or drifting in and out of traffic lanes.
  • Drivers who are behaving in an unusual manner, like stopping at a green light or speeding through a Stop sign.
  • Drivers driving aggressively (i.e. following too closely, passing in an unsafe manner, etc.).

If you notice what appears to be an impaired driver, you should take the following precautions:

  • Reduce your speed and increase your distance. By slowing your speed, you will increase the distance between you and the impaired driver which will, in turn, provide you with greater reaction time in the event of an incident.
  • Keep your eyes on the road and continue scanning for additional impaired drivers. In popular vacation spots in Florida, the chances increase of multiple individuals driving while impaired. Do not allow yourself to become so distracted by the impaired driver that you become one yourself.
  • Note the impaired driver’s license plate. When witnessing an impaired driver who is likely to cause an accident, you should note the license plate of the vehicle. If you have a passenger in your vehicle, he or she can get the license plate number, as well as a description of the vehicle, and the location, and report it to local law enforcement. If not, you should pull off the road, so you can do so safely.

 Safe Driving Tips During Spring Break in South Florida

Impaired drivers safety tips

When traveling, whether in your community or on vacation, always buckle up for safety. Remember children under the age of 12 should always be in the backseat, secured safely in a child safety seat or with a seatbelt.  Always avoid impaired or distracted driving and check weather conditions in your area.

Our team at County Line Chiropractic Medical & Rehab Centers wants you to stay safe on the roads, but if you or your loved one is injured in a car accident, call or visit our experienced chiropractors immediately!

 

 

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