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Old November 17 2013, 09:30 PM   #16
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Re: Reporting Drunk Drivers

In that video, I was to gonna suggest the possibility that the driver was one of those nervous drivers esecially at nighttime, when the driver went off the lane, into the breakdown lane when the 18-wheeler passed by. But the driver stayed there.

I'm not sure a cell phone user (except for the uber-moronic ones) or nervous drivers would do this. I'd go with DOI individual.
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Old November 17 2013, 09:46 PM   #17
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For one, The State of California itself says you shouldn't follow people suspected of drunk driving.

Pingfah is most likely dead on the money, and I would suspect that's the reason both calls were ended: If you were to get into an accident, or if the allegedly impaired driver were to get in one (and then claim they were worried you were following them), then it suddenly becomes a headache. What if it went to trial and the defense tried to argue you were acting as an agent of the police? What if you tried to sue the department because you were trying to follow an impaired driver and just "help out," and then ran into a tree? Or any number of other things that could have happened?

I'm not saying this is even remotely on the same level of severity, but this is the same reason George Zimmerman was told by the 911 dispatcher to remain in his vehicle. It's not your job to follow a driver you think is impaired and report their up-to-date movements to dispatch. And, truth be told, although you're encouraged to report drunk drivers, the reason is that so if there happens to be a unit in the near vicinity, they can be sent to that location, but otherwise, it's usually that a BOLO is sent out to any stationed units in the area, particularly speed trap units on the highways.
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Old November 17 2013, 10:21 PM   #18
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If I reported every suspected drunk driver in my area, I would never be able to put down my phone.
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Old November 18 2013, 04:42 PM   #19
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We reported one back in June, on 95 South in Rhode Island (on our way home from the airport at 1am). Another driver had also reported, so I was only on the line with the state police very briefly. Several miles later, we saw the officer pull the drunk over (in a construction zone! double fines!) and at that point felt safe passing. (My husband was driving, I was the one calling.) I don't know that we'd have followed the person on city streets. I already know enough people injured and killed by drunk drivers, I don't need us to be collateral to another one.
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Old November 18 2013, 04:50 PM   #20
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Ohio Interstate highways have yellow signs that say to call #677 to report drunk drivers. From http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/motorist.stm:

Remember to dial #677 to report aggressive and drunk drivers, drug activity or for roadside assistance
I've never had to do it, but if I saw something dangerous, I would.
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Old November 18 2013, 04:51 PM   #21
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This'd be so much easier if cannibalism wasn't frowned upon.
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Old November 18 2013, 11:07 PM   #22
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^ Dafuq?
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Old November 20 2013, 06:22 PM   #23
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Is that an autocorrect malfunction? Did you mean Cannabis? If so I would say driving under the influence of cannabis is no better.
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Old November 21 2013, 02:02 AM   #24
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Is that an autocorrect malfunction?
I'm pretty sure it was a funny.
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Old November 21 2013, 02:44 AM   #25
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Is that an autocorrect malfunction? Did you mean Cannabis? If so I would say driving under the influence of cannabis is no better.
You're not wrong, but apparently it takes quite a lot of weed to impair you even as much as a few drinks would.
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Old November 21 2013, 01:21 PM   #26
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Well, that shows that the 'limit' may need to be looked at. That or they've decided that they're going to intentionally arrest more people before they're doing anything dangerous. Should have had something that relates tenths of a gram to metrics actually used when smoking, though, to get a feel. Passing a bowl? Finishing one? Several? Just not sure how much they smoked.

Either way, the first couple tests, they were at 4-5 times the limit (7x for the daily user) and everyone was doing fine, instructor and cop would have let everyone go. If you can operate without any issues at 4-7x the limit, the limit is fucked up.
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Old November 22 2013, 05:16 AM   #27
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Re: Reporting Drunk Drivers

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Is that really how police and dispatchers track down drunk drivers? If so, I don't see the point in reporting anyone. I guess it takes an actual collision or someone getting hurt before they take things seriously.
There isn't much of a point to doing it. Police Departments have better things to do than follow every lead on every person driving poorly, drunk or not.

As far as the signs that say "call 911" or something similar, that's more PR than an actual appeal to the masses. It's also a little self-defeating given how aggressively PDs nationwide are targeting people talking on their phones while in cars.
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Old November 23 2013, 01:38 AM   #28
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I was on 95 or 93 south of Boston (At some point they are the same road) and there was a limo that went back and further through all the lanes, completely wasted, there are 4-5 lanes there and just was insane.

I know from experience never ever call the cops. It's why guns on legal in this country because they cops will never show up. They are too busy stealing drugs and getting paid off.

If I have an emergency I call the fire department but even my neighbor had to call 911 twice to get anyone to show up and they weren't doing a damn thing. It was only a truck on fire 10 feet from his house and next to a tree. He was outside watering down his roof so the house wouldn't go up.
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Old November 23 2013, 03:14 AM   #29
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I did this once. I passed a guy to get into a turn-lane and looked over at his car and saw him take a big drink out of a beer bottle (I could clearly see the beer labeling on the bottle.) I made the turn and happened to come up on a policeman on the road shortly on the road I just got on. I flagged him down, and told him what I saw. Giving him description of the car and the driver and what I remembered from the plate. (I'd been behind the guy for a while and remembered part of it.)

The cop looked at me, told me I shouldn't have come to a stop on the road there where I had flagged him down and then drove off. He didn't go into pursuit of the drinking driver given the direction he turned on the road. Only a minute had passed at the very most and there was another signal shortly after that intersection so it's not like the guy would have gotten far.
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Old November 23 2013, 04:02 PM   #30
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I know from experience never ever call the cops. It's why guns on legal in this country because they cops will never show up. They are too busy stealing drugs and getting paid off.
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