Who is driving next to you on your commute?
Whether it's a distraction from a phone or a driver who is under the influence, there are dangers to watch out for all over the road.
An example of those dangers were apparent earlier this week when a 21-year-old, who is charged with being under the influence, lost control of his car and hit a Sioux Falls hotel.
As a Sioux Falls traffic officer, it's Greg Slaven's job to protect the public on the streets.
"That's why I'm a traffic officer and this is what I do. I drive around and try and keep people safe and slow them down," Slaven said.
Thursday, he was watching for drivers who were speeding through construction zones. But he knows his job isn't as routine as handing out speeding tickets and he knows drivers can encounter just about anything on the road.
"You don't know who is out there on the road. Most of the people in Sioux Falls are good drivers. Even the drivers who are distracted aren't a bad driver but their driving at that particular time could be considered dangerous," Slaven said.
When 21-year-old Andrew Severson lost control of his car and sped through busy traffic, crashing into a hotel on Monday, police believe he was under the influence of prescription drugs and possibly huffing cans of keyboard cleaner that were found in his car. It all happened at just after 4 p.m. in the afternoon. So what do you do if you see an erratic driver on the street?
"It goes back to driver's-ed 101, defensive driving," Slaven said.
Slaven says if a driver sees someone who is drifting in their lanes, speeding, or simply being reckless, they should observe, report and stay back.
"Best thing a person can do is keep an eye on the vehicle at a safe distance and if they're driving too fast, don't chase it because that could cause another problem," Slaven said.
Slaven says drivers shouldn't be surprised if they are sharing the road with drunk drivers even during the day because there are several people in the city working different shifts and police can encounter intoxicated drivers at all hours of the day. In fact, daylight drunk driving will be one of the areas police will focus on during a saturation patrol this Saturday. Twenty extra officers will be on the streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.