Myths and Facts About Drinking and Driving

Myth: Coffee can sober up someone who has had too much to drink.
Fact: Only time sobers. It takes about one hour to oxidize each drink.

Myth: Hard liquor is more intoxicating than beer or wine.
Fact: A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler contain the same amount of alcohol and the same intoxication potential as 1 1/2 oz. of liquor.

Myth: Someone who has had too much to drink will look intoxicated.
Fact: Someone's physical appearance can be misleading. One drink can impair someone's ability to drive. Judgment is the first thing affected when someone has been drinking and important motor skills are next.

How to Spot a Drunk Driver

These warning signs should be your signal to take down a license plate number, a description of the vehicle and the direction in which it was traveling to report to the proper authorities. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle.

  • Straddling lanes or driving on the center line
  • Drifting or moving in a straight line at a slight angle to the roadway
  • Driving with headlights off at night
  • Erratic braking or stopping without cause
  • Driving below the speed limit
  • Slow response to traffic signals (sudden stop, delayed start)
  • Nearly striking an object, curb, etc
  • Weaving or zigzagging across the road
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road or completely off the road way
  • Tailgating