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Should you report a drunk driver?

You're at a family gathering, enjoying a few drinks, when your uncle says he's going to get in the car and drive home. Or, maybe you're driving down the interstate when you see a driver swerving all over the road, slowing down for no reason, and generally driving like they're impaired.

Should you report them? What is your role in all of this?

First and foremost, you need to remember that there is serious danger to yourself and others. Keep your distance. Never take things into your own hands. Don't pull in front of that drunk driver and try to get them to stop, for instance.

At the same time, do not feel bad about reporting them to the police. Call 911 if there is immediate danger or try the non-emergency line if that is more appropriate. Don't wait for an accident to potentially take innocent lives. Take steps to stop the crash before it happens. Let the authorities get involved. You don't need to feel bad because this is not your fault; the drunk driver made that decision when they got behind the wheel.

Naturally, if you can talk to the person before they drive, do it. That friend or family member who wants to get behind the wheel may listen to you. Tell them that you're worried, point out that they're too drunk to drive, and calmly ask them not to do so. If that fails, though, do not feel guilty about getting the police involved.

Unfortunately, drunk driving happens every day, and much of it does not get reported until after an accident. If you get injured in a crash, you need to know what rights you have to seek financial compensation.

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