Troopers urge motorists to report suspected drunk drivers

Published: Dec. 30, 2015 at 11:12 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol is asking for your help as they watch for dangerous drivers on the roads on New Year's Eve night.

The crackdown is part of the agency's annual Sober or Slammer campaign.

Despite increased patrols planned for roadways, troopers say they can't do it alone and are encouraging motorists to help them.

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety's Sober or Slammer website, here are signs that may indicate that the driver of a vehicle is impaired:

  • Making unusually wide turns.
  • Straddling the center line or driving with their tires on the center line.
  • Driving with head out the window, or driving with all car windows down in very cold weather.
  • Almost hitting another vehicle or other object or person.
  • Weaving or swerving.
  • Driving on the shoulder or in the emergency lane.
  • Driving with excessive speed or very slow speed.
  • Stopping without apparent cause.
  • Following too closely.
  • Drifting or braking erratically.
  • Driving in or crossing into opposite lanes of traffic.
  • Changing speeds rapidly or very slowly.

Any motorist who spots another motorist they suspect may be drunk or impaired behind the wheel is urged to dial *HP from their mobile phones.

Troopers say that step can save a life.

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