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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Who can say...

    Although with the way local traffic enforcement is prioritized, the inebriated party might be the one who claims authority.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    Is it OK to use 911 to report suspected drunks driving on the road?

    Given the way law enforcement wastes tax payer dollars generating revenue by way of incompetent traffic enforcement; I don't see how even 10 billion 911 reports would waste their time anymore than they already waste it waiting behind a bush with an expensive laser gun.
  • >>I'll just go around, or call him in as a suspected drunk.

    >Just curious, how many calls have you made on "suspected drunks"?

    Who can say...

    You can.
    How often do you make calls about "suspected drunks" when someone doesn't drive the way you like?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I've called on crazy reckless drivers---like one doing 90 mph while making a three-lane swerve, then coming back over the 3 lanes again, and almost creaming a motorcycle, who went on his toes and did a horrible wobble but did not fall.


  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited August 2013
    I can, doesn't mean I will :P Maybe once, maybe once a day, maybe never, maybe weekly...

    It's not about what I like, it's about what is right. It's pretty moot though, eventually everyone will have dashcams, and petulant old men who obstruct traffic as one last power trip will receive a public shaming.

    Why are you so hot to trot on this? Are you an obstructor afraid of being called in?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    You can call it in, but I doubt it results in increased enforcement. You know how it is, follow the money, etc.

    Actually, I know someone who got pulled over because someone had reported a reckless driver that was vaguely similar looking. No citation given, of course - not sure what they can do with hearsay other than harrass. But as we both know, obstructors deserve harassment and more. Call in LLCs too :)

    Indeed, it is hard to waste the time of a traffic enforcer, they are really wasting it all the time to begin with, around here mostly enforcing underposted limits on wide open straight roads. When salaries/benefits, pensions, and equipment are factored in, it is undoubtedly an insane expense.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited August 2013
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325 2013-8

    Guess the NW isn't all that bad. Of course, accidents is just one major measure of bad driving. A LLC causing the average commute to double simply from their actions is just as bad in my book.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,900
    edited August 2013
    my lifetime total of calling cops on other drivers is probably about 50, maybe averaging 2 times per year, with more during the years of 60k miles/year, and after 1992/cellphones of course!

    it helps to know who/how to call, but you can always call state cops and they will transfer you
    accordingly as necessary.

    state road -> then call state cops.
    non-state road -> call the local jurisdiction, sheriff's office or town.

    you don't have to call 911 to reach cops.
    you can call the dispatcher switchboard or non-emergency cop business phone # in most towns, and you can call the business/non-emergency/barracks number for the state cops too.

    never - LLCs, I never call them in, since I'd be on the phone constantly if I did!

    never - MLCs.

    never - speeders, including motorcyclists weaving or doing 150 mph or doing wheelies, each of which i see every summer.

    once - vehicle driving 80 mph on rims leaving a huge trail of sparks. it was so loud! state cops asked me to follow him to see which interstate direction he took and said it was OK for me to speed to keep up. I declined - told them the truth which was I was scared to do that. I thought a burning piece of his car could fly off and go through my windshield , plus it was truly scary/weird. I called them back 15 minutes later to verify that the caught the guy, which they did verify.

    sometimes - vehicles travelling below the minimum speed (45).

    sometimes - stopped/abandoned vehicles on side of road if they don't have one of the orange stickers yet.

    once - vehicle upside down on its roof on other side of I-80 a hundred miles from nowhere, passengers stuck inside, a few drivers stopped/clustered around.

    usually - inability to stay in lane; repeated lane violations. i've called this one probably 20 times over the years, usually on a back-road not the highway.

    usually - insanely aggressive drivers like the guy in 1992 who chased me for an HOUR all around north-boston rush hour through 3 different towns and two highways.

    never - moderately aggressive drivers. else would be on phone all the time.

    never - tailgators. else would be on phone all the time.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    Motorcycles doing wheelies or running at 150 mph are generally self-correcting problems.


  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited August 2013
    Tailgators, I like that.

    Yesterday got behind a 90s Maxima with rear end damage that looked like it struck a pole going about 25mph in reverse. It was driving slowly but unsteadily, with poor reaction times. I went around - young driver of the fairer set, phone to her ear. I couldn't believe it!

    I've never been tempted to call in idiots on bikes either - as was said, those problems eventually work themselves out.
  • People here call in for the most trivial stuff.. speeding. 1 bad lane change. We all make mistakes! LEO dispatch puts the information out, because they're obligated to, but seldom if ever does anything come of it.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,048
    A few miles SE of Columbus (OH).

    Driver honked after being cut off.
    TExas pickup/trailer eventually shot back.
    Illegals with gun being handed over to the government. Wonder what'll happen there...

    "No one was injured, and the pickup exited at Rt. 22. Deputies stopped the truck and found a loaded, .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun in the trailer.

    "Three men, all from Dallas, were charged. They also are in the country illegally and have been referred to federal immigration authorities, Sheriff Dave Phalen said."

    No one was injured, and the pickup exited at Rt. 22. Deputies stopped the truck and found a loaded, .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun in the trailer.

    Three men, all from Dallas, were charged. They also are in the country illegally and have been referred to federal immigration authorities, Sheriff Dave Phalen said. ed-gunshots.html
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited September 2013
    Today saw a phone holding woman in an X5 going slower than every other car on the road, a phone holding taxi driver make a 3 lane change to the left with his right signal on, and a phone holding E60 5er driver sit forever at a red light, them barely make it through.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    BMW stereotypes reinforced today. First one - late model 535i pulls into the left lane of a busy 4 lane 30-35mph arterial, CRV in front of him is going maybe just under the limit as there's a (long) red light a block or two ahead, and lots of traffic. BMW driver gets close, then floors it, flies around on the right (hitting the gas so hard the car lets out black smoke), but then his lane slows down and the CRV goes past on the left, never really having sped up. And 5er never uses a signal. Funny.

    Then saw a F30 328i pull out of a parking lot, turning left. Street has a cement barrier in the middle, so what does the driver (dark tinted windows of course, for extra douchiness) do? Drives on the wrong side of the road for a block, then cuts across 2 lanes, once again not using a signal. What is it with that brand?
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    A BMW? See BMW's all the time. 300 series labels, 500 series labels on the cars. Never saw a BMW with a F30 label on it. Is that "union" made?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,048
    edited September 2013
    >What is it with that brand?

    Saw a beautiful red-brown Z3 with top down at the gas pump at local quick market/coffee stop. High school kid with shiny new BMW. Kid's hardly old enough to shave. Even has vanity license plate: TODY 12, for example.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    All German built cars are made by that group, as the developed world has better worker-management relations than pseudo-capitalist areas.

    F30 is the chassis/platform. A 328i could be a few different styles, going back to the mid 90s. The F30 is the latest 3 series.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Z3 went out of production in 2002, however - it might have aged well, but they can cost no more than any other old used car. Rare color for one anyway.

    Maybe 12 was his age? A more flamboyant fan of the brand would have parked it at the pump blocking the lane and a few other pumps.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    if someone invented a hacking device where you could take over the driving controls of an adjacent (or most often, a vehicle directly in front of you).

    How often would I use it to move a vehicle appropriately and correctly right to allow faster traffic to pass?

    How often would i use it to floor their accelerator to "push" them forward and onward?

    Too many times.
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