Drunk Driving – a Real Problem Facing Southern California Motorists

There are many reasons to celebrate with friends, coworkers, and family. However, many celebrations include food and alcohol. Sadly, many people get behind the wheel of their vehicles after the celebration is done and attempt to drive home buzzed or drunk on Orange County streets.

Because drunk driving accidents in Southern California are still a real problem facing Orange County motorists, all drivers need to be vigilant in reporting drunk drivers to the proper authorities. The importance of calling 911 when spotting a drunk driver on the road is critical to your safety and that of other innocent motorists. In addition, it keeps the drunk driver safe.

By taking a proactive role in reporting a suspected drunk driver, you will be helping to keep California roadways safe by helping to prevent an Orange County car crash from occurring.

Here are some things to look for when you suspect an impaired driver:

  • Straddling the center of the road
  • Veering across the lanes
  • Weaving and swerving across the road
  • Drifting in a straight lane
  • Making abrupt turns
  • Driving the wrong way
  • Not driving with headlights on
  • Driving slowly – at least 10 mph below the speed limit


When placing the call to 911, remember to tell the police the location of the car, which direction the potential drunk driver is headed, how the car is being driven, and give a complete description of the vehicle. Do not attempt to follow the car after you have made this call to the proper authorities.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver in a Mission Viejo car crash, please call (877) 320-1338 and speak with a skilled Mission Viejo personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of John P. Burns to request a free, no-obligation consultation and find out your rights.

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