Have you have ever seen someone driving along the roadway that you were sure was drunk, and you said to yourself, “I wish a Police Officer was around to stop and arrest this guy”?
Now you can be the eyes for the Police and, “Report a Drunk Driver“.
Spotting a drunk driver
Some of the obvious signs of a drunk driver can be easy to spot because most likely the driver will be making many mistakes in traffic and driving very dangerously.
Mistakes like straddling the center of the road or weaving all over, drifting into other drivers, breaking erratically, driving with no headlights and driving very slow are some of the ways to spot a drunk driver. The driver will appear to be drunk or have a blank stare.
9-1-1 is the universal number everyone is familiar with for reporting an emergency. You should only dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency and reporting a drunk driver qualifies as an emergency.
Once you have connected to the 9-1-1 operator let them know you are reporting a suspected drunk driver. You will need to describe to the operator the way the car is driving, the location and direction of travel, a complete description of the car, such as the make, model and color including the license plate number.
The operator may want you to stay on the line to give updates until an Officer arrives in the area. Once an Officer is on the scene, you have done your job.
What not to do
As the eyes for the Police, there are things that you should not do, for your safety and the safety of others.
Do not attempt to pull over or stop the drunk driver.
Drunk drivers are unpredictable and you put yourself and others at danger by trying to take the law into your own hands.
Do not try to detain the driver if they stop.
Remember, you do not know who this person is or how dangerous they can be, and you may not have the skills or training to deal with them. As the eyes for the Police, you can give the location of where the driver has stopped.
Do not follow the drunk driver disregarding traffic laws.
Stay as far back as possible and obey all the traffic laws. You do not want to cause an accident or be involved in one with the drunk driver.
Do not try to assist the Police in stopping the drunk driver or pull over to help the Police after the driver is stopped.
Dealing with the drunk driver requires the full concentration of the officer, and if you are trying to assist or at the scene, you may interfere and put the Officer, yourself and the drunk in danger. The 9-1-1 operator has your contact information and if the Officer needs any additional information from you, they will contact you.
Drunk drivers kill tens of thousands of innocent people each year and many families lose loved one because of irresponsible people who drink and drive. The Police need the eyes of the public to help fight the battle against drinking and driving. Note: You can remain anonymous, and you do not have to give your name when reporting a drunk driver.
Let us keep our streets safe by reporting drunk driving!
Article also posted on Bukisa.com and Triond.com by Scott Hallock.