Driving Under the Influence
Despite big cultural shifts over the last several decades, some people are still driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Impaired Driving Cases in Halifax 2020
This July 2020 alone, the Halifax Regional Police charged thirty drivers with impaired driving-related offenses. This dangerous and illegal behavior often results in serious motor vehicle accidents, where innocent people are hurt through no fault of their own. Those people end up calling NOVA Injury Law, to help them get compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company.
(a) Of the thirty drivers charged, twenty-eight were charged concerning alcohol and operation of a motor vehicle, and two drivers were charged with drug-impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
(b) Of the drivers that provided breath samples, nearly half showed an alcohol level at least twice the legal limit.
(c) Many of these impaired drivers were caught because concerned citizens noticed the telltale signs of someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Signs of Impaired Driving
According to the Halifax Regional Police, here are some signs of an impaired driver:
- – Driving too fast, too slow, or at an inconsistent speed
- – Drifting in and out of lanes
- – Tailgating or frequent lane changes
- – Making a lane change without sufficient clearance
- – Making exceptionally wide turns
- – Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
- – Taking off from a light at the wrong time
- – Failing to use turn signals or lights
- – Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
What Should I do if I Spot an Impaired Driver?
If you spot a potentially impaired driver, you should call 911 immediately and give the dispatcher your location along with a description of the vehicle, including the license plate number, color, make and model, the direction of travel for the vehicle, and a description of the driver. If we all do our part to make our roads safer, we can prevent car accidents and serious injuries.
When should I Seek Legal Guidance?
When it comes to injuries caused by drunk drivers, everyone says the same thing: this accident could have been prevented if the driver wasn’t drunk. Some accidents are nearly unavoidable but drunk driving accidents can be prevented in many cases. If you or someone you know was injured by a drunk driver, call NOVA Injury Law for FREE CASE REVIEW at 1-800-262-8104 . Dealing with the aftermath of injuries is what we do every day. We help injured people get access to the compensation they need so you they can focus on your recovery. Take advantage of our free case review process. You’ll learn about your rights, we’ll answer your questions, and you’ll learn what to do next about your car accident injury claim.