Calling in drunk drivers is a no-brainer for some people. You see someone swerving along the road, displaying the classic, tell tale signs of drunk drivers, and you pick up the phone and call 911 to report the car. The police come along not long after, and that person is arrested for drunk driving.
It seems pretty simple, and it’s something that police actively encourage. They can’t be everywhere on the roads, and those calls to 911 really do help them stop drunk drivers like two nabbed in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island recently.
One drunk driver in Charlotte was caught after at tip came into 911 that someone had just driven into a windshield washer display at a gas station. When the police arrived the driver was asked to submit to a breathalyzer and blew double the legal limit of .08.
Another drunk driver in Charlottetown was called in at during the early morning hours because he was swerving all over the road. The person driving behind him suspected him of being impaired and called him into 911. When the police pulled up on the road shortly after, the man was stopped and arrested for drunk driving. He too had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of double the legal limit.
If these concerned citizens called the non-emergency number to report these drunk drivers, the police may have taken a lot longer to respond. Cases coming into dispatch are prioritized depending on severity and how the call comes in, and if there’s someone on the phone with 911, they will take priority over someone calling in on the non-emergency line.
Calling in a drunk driver is an emergency, so don’t hesitate to pick up that phone when it’s safe to do so and call 911 if you spot a drunk driver. Your quick action could save a life.