Signs Your Co-worker May Be Too Impaired to Drive

terri-november-week-2-img-drinkingThanksgiving is nearly upon us, and that means that the company holiday party season is right around the corner. These get togethers are a great time to celebrate a successful year, to recognize accomplishments and to look forward to what the new year will hold. Unfortunately, on far too many occasions, when these parties include alcohol they can invite disaster. Free drinks being paid for by the boss are easy to drink quickly, and you may find that your colleagues who drove themselves to the party are far too impaired to drive themselves home. If you are attending one of these parties and you aren’t certain whether it is safe for your coworker to drive home, it can be helpful to know the signs of impairment. As an experienced South Jersey municipal court lawyer, Richard M. Josselson knows that even one drink can be too much to get behind the wheel, but it can help if you know what the sure signs are that your friend is too drunk to drive.

The laws in the state of New Jersey are extremely clear when it comes to driving under the influence. Anybody who has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher is considered guilty. Though a Breathalyzer test or blood test is the only way to be certain of what a person’s blood alcohol concentration is, you can look for the following signs to let you know when your coworker is too impaired to drive:

  • Slurred speech
  • Being unable to maintain their balance, or walking in an off-kilter way
  • Being slow in their reaction times.

These are the top signs that they are far too intoxicated, but in many cases a person may be on the borderline, and you may be uncertain as to their ability to drive. When you aren’t sure, it’s a good idea to take them to a quiet place away from the rest of the crowd so that you can gauge their behavior without distraction or noise. Speak to them to see whether they are talking normally or if they are talking more loudly or quickly then usual. You can also ask them to recall a recent conversation to see how their memory is. If they can’t remember, it’s an indication that they have likely had too much to drink. You can also rely on simple tests similar to what the police would conduct, such as asking them to recite the alphabet backward or walk a straight line.

If you believe that your colleague has had too much to drink, it’s important that you act quickly. Take their keys away if possible, and if you need help, call on another coworker to assist you. Your actions may keep them from getting into an accident and seriously hurting themselves or somebody else. If somebody you know has been pulled over for Driving Under the Influence in New Jersey, contact the South Jersey municipal court lawyers at Josselson Law for skilled and experienced legal representation.

 

 

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Signs Your Co-worker May Be Too Impaired to Drive

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and that means that the company holiday party season is right around the corner. These get togethers are a great time to celebrate a successful year, to recognize accomplishments and to look forward to what the new year will hold. Unfortunately, on far too many…

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