When to call about a DUI
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August 22nd, 2007 01:38 AM
When to call about a DUI
I work second shift, and am often on the road from midnight to 2:30 or so, mostly interstate. Every couple months I see someone who's driving is so erratic that I call them in. Every few weeks I see someone who makes me wonder if I should call them in. How bad should someone's driving be before I should call, and is there anything specific I should look for?
August 22nd, 2007 01:49 AM
color, make, model and license plate number....number of occupants
August 22nd, 2007 01:53 AM
Calling in an erratic driver is more a personal judgment call than anything else. If you are uncomfortable being behind them defiantly call it in, they may only be fatigiuged which is just as dangerous as DUI but if they are hugging or crossing the centerline they are posing a hazard to other drivers.
August 22nd, 2007 05:05 AM
I tend to want to call (and sometimes do) when I notice that for at least a half mile or more the person is not keeping within his lane. When the tires touch the left or right lane lines a couple of times, then a few more times, it's time to call. Other things are when they react really poorly to traffic lights, stopping or slowing significantly on greens, failing to stop before the line at reds.
Originally Posted by sevesteen
Yeah, make, model, license plate, driver description, number of occupants, location, direction, what made you decide to call...
edit: Why do so many people on this forum type "defiantly" when they mean "definitely"? We do know what "defiant" means, right?...
August 22nd, 2007 05:18 AM
If a car crosses either the centerline or the shoulder two times in less than five minutes.
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August 22nd, 2007 07:50 AM
I call and provide all information I can regarding dangerous behavior when I see drivers excessively speeding, weaving erratically, or whatever. I stay a safe distance behind them. If they appear intoxicated and I have the time I may even follow behind them giving directions to the 911 operator. The reason for this is that if something happens I may provide some assistance to get help faster.
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August 22nd, 2007 08:43 AM
Originally Posted by peacefuljeffrey
The same reason they type "dose" instead of does.
August 22nd, 2007 09:02 AM
Always, 'cause it's an innocent death that is down that path. It's only a matter of when.
What to look for? Inability to maintain lane control, speed control, lack of lights, running over things, and the usual stuff we've all seen from time to time. When you see a really bad example, you'll know it. It won't be anything else. Under the influence of something other than common sense ... doesn't really matter what, if threatening others.
I'm sure the LEO's will be able to chip in with some good suggestions.
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the number of victims?
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August 22nd, 2007 09:05 AM
Originally Posted by peacefuljeffrey
Sum uf uss are lowsee speellers,
some fo us aer losuy typres.
Any toher qwestuns?
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August 22nd, 2007 09:21 AM
The question you need to ask yourself is this: If you don't call it in and the driver in question goes on down the road and kills somebody, can you sleep at night? personally, I have zero sympathy for drunk drivers, so I call every time, regardless of whether or not I am right, if I am wrong, at least it lets the erratic driver know that there are other drivers out there that are concerned about their driving.
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August 22nd, 2007 09:52 AM
I call when they scare me with their driving
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August 22nd, 2007 11:43 AM
It is about time the forum spelling police come out, please bring out the grammar police, as well.
August 22nd, 2007 04:47 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Don't bring out the spelin police or them there grammar police neither. If ya due, I might git kicked of the form!!!!
Originally Posted by nn
fortiter in re, suaviter in modo (resolutely in action, gently in manner).
August 22nd, 2007 05:58 PM
I've only called a few times, but when I did the 911 operator was much more concerned with the fact that I was following the impaired driver. It didn't matter that I kept telling them that I was just on my way home, I was NOT intentionally following the driver.
I don't call anymore because of those instances, I understand they may have a concern to be sure that I'm not a vigilante, but they weren't interested in location, vehicle, direction. The operator just kept interrupting me demanding that I quit following the vehicle.
I thought the first time it was just that operator, but it's happened a few other times so I guess that's how they are trained.
August 22nd, 2007 07:16 PM
Typical signs of DUI:
1. Inability to hold lane
2. Erratic speed - slowing and speeding up for no apparent reason
3. Driving with lights off
When to call - well, if you've thought about calling, do it.
Might be nothing at all, in which case no harm, no foul.
Or, you might just save someone's life.
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