Drinking and driving is a serious problem in all 50 states, Michigan included. The penalties for drinking and driving depend on the area and jurisdiction where the intoxicated driver is pulled over, but the end result of the process is meant to discourage driving while intoxicated. However, safety on the roads is not simply limited to individuals making responsible decisions with alcohol and other intoxicating substances. It is also important for bystanders to be able to recognize the signs of a drunk driver. According to the Michigan Secretary of State, the best thing to do if you believe somebody is driving while intoxicated is to call 911.
To be as helpful to the police as possible, try to get the license plate number of the intoxicated driver, as well as an accurate description of the vehicle. If you can also give information about the direction you believe the driver is heading, this will help the police track down the intoxicated driver and get him or her off the road.
There are also specific times when you are more likely to run into intoxicated drivers. These times include holidays, the weekends (especially Friday and Saturday nights), and either late at night or early in the morning. Drunk drivers are most likely to be out between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Additionally, districts that have lots of bars or alcohol stores are likely to attract more intoxicated drivers.
If you actively spot a drunk driver on the roads, in addition to calling the police, make sure that you keep lots of distance between you and the suspected intoxicated driver. Depending on the actions of the intoxicated driver, you may want to consider pulling off the road.