A video of a drunk driving incident can be evidence for the court, and a potent reminder of how dangerous impaired driving is. Occasionally, it can also be an instructional manual on how to handle the situation when you see someone on the road who has obviously had a few too many drinks.
In this dashcam video you see a view of Eglinton Avenue East in Toronto. The couple in the front seat observed a car acting erratically, and one of them calls the police. The video tracks the car right to the scene of the crash.
Here’s what the couple did right:
- They called the police right away.
- They did not follow too closely or try to interfere with the drunk driver.
- They reported concisely where they were going, including the direction and cross streets.
- We’ll assume that the driver was not the one calling, since that would be unsafe.
Fortunately there were no serious injuries. We’ll chalk that up to modern car design. Certainly the driver could have cause a much worse incident, had pedestrians been in his way.
If you do spot an impaired driver, the most important thing is to note the location and direction and call 911. No need to take a video, especially if you are alone in your vehicle.
And a word to the poster of the original video, who gave it the title Drunk Driver Accident in Toronto:
There’s a reason why we don’t use the word “accident” to describe a drunk driving collision. The driver did not “accidentally” drink and drive. It was a decision that resulted in a wreck. Impaired driving is a crime, not an accident, and it should be reported as such. Hats off to the couple who did their best to catch an impaired driver before something bad happened. You can’t win ’em all.
How would you have handled it?