We’re used to hearing about drunk driving accidents. But we’re not as familiar with morning drunk driving. Most of us expect people to be sober by the time we’re back on the roads in the AM. However, that’s not always the case. Take the case of Morgan F. Williams. Williams was on SR-520, headed to her job at Eddie Bauer, where she had worked for over thirty years, when she was killed by a drunk driver. The time? 5:25 AM.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, morning drunk driving incidents are more common between the hours of 6 AM and 9 AM. People think that they can easily sleep off a drunken state, but waking up still drunk is a very real thing. It can sometimes take hours for alcohol to completely leave your system. Just because the sun has risen doesn’t mean that you’re sober.
We don’t think that you shouldn’t drive between 6 and 9. That would be ridiculous. Many people’s morning commutes occur within that time frame. However, it is important that you are always aware that there may be a drunk driver on the road with you, no matter the time of day.
MADD offers the following advice to drivers who think they have spotted a drunk driver:
• Keep your distance from the vehicle.
• Do not attempt to pass the vehicle.
• Do not attempt to signal the driver to pull over.
• If safe to do so, take note of the license plate number along with details about the vehicle: make, model, color, etc.
• Pull over and call 911.