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  posted on 6/10/2010 at 09:19 PM
So, I was on the way home this evening....about 9PM - I end up behind a guy on a 2 lane highway/road, 45mph speed limit. This guy or girl is having a really tough time NOT crossing over the double yellow line. After the 6th time I see this, I tell myself I have to report this driver. Hopefully it is just a DWO(driving while old) and not a DWI. I call it in, and stay on the phone with the local police and keep them informed where this person is going - by now they know the home address as I have given them the license plate. I actually watch 3 police cars pull this guy over, and as I go by, I see he is outside the car and they are looking like they are putting him through the DWI test. Just curious what the average person would do - I don't want to start a pro/con driving after drinking debate - we ALL know it is wrong.
 
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  posted on 6/10/2010 at 09:21 PM

You did the right thing. Might have saved someone's life...including the driver.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2010 at 09:30 PM
Oh, most definitely the right thing....ask anyone who has lost a loved one to a drunk driver.... they leave a mess and usually never a scrape on them...

 

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  posted on 6/10/2010 at 09:37 PM
Without question, you did the right thing.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2010 at 09:45 PM
I knew I did the right thing as I was calling it in and following this guy. Then when I got home, i felt a bit guilty at first. I have gotten behind the wheel before after a couple of beers. And, truthfully I have been behind the wheel after many more than 2 beers - I suspect many of us here have. No excuse for it. So I wondered if I was a hypocrite for turning someone else in. After a little thought - it would be wrong for me not to report it - just as wrong as it is for him or I or anyone else to drive after drinking - so it makes me take a look at myself as well and a reminder even a beer or two is NOT ok. Also, if I was in such bad shape as this person was - really crossing over to the oncoming lane many times and could not control my car, I would rather be yanked off the road before I hurt someone.
 

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  posted on 6/10/2010 at 09:52 PM
You ABBsolutely did the right thing.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2010 at 10:08 PM
I once found myself in the same position as you, and like you, I called it in. It was in the middle of the day on Rte. 28 in NY, I was on my way home after a day of skiing and the person had this "aiming" thing going where, sometimes when a person is intoxicated they will aim for a target and cut away at the last moment. There were some close calls before the police finally caught up and pulled him over in a gas station. Didn't feel guilty one bit.
 

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  posted on 6/10/2010 at 11:40 PM
For sure. I have done it and would do it again. I even call police if I see someone is in trouble on the highway and the weather sucks or they look like they are not prepared (too old, young) to solve the problem on their own.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 04:47 AM
A few years back, I was on the interstate on a Saturday morning on my way to Cleveland.

I ended up in a stretch where it was 1 lane only and about 20 miles an hour due to road construction. There were no workmen out as it was a Saturday, but traffic was crawling anyway.

The guy two cars ahead of me was obviously intoxicated as he kept slowly leaning into the shoulder every 30 seconds or so and would then suddenly jerk his car back into the lane in a very sloppy overcompensating fashion. This went on for miles.

Back then I loathed cell phones and refused to carry one, but through this whole ordeal I wished that I had one so I could call this jerk in before he killed someone.

Thankfully, the person in front of me or perhaps the person in front of him did as the Ohio Highway Patrol was waiting for him at the end of the road construction. They got him, and I felt more relieved that he was now off the road than anything.

One week later a good friend of mine's brother in law, who was a Ohio Highway Patrolman, died when a drunken driver plowed into him during a pullover.

Did you do the right thing? Yes. Without a doubt.







[Edited on 6/11/2010 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 04:52 AM
Recently i had a lady texting behind me. When we got to a stop light i got and told her do not text while driving behind me! She laughrd at me! I pulled off to one side, let her pass and called it in! Hope they got her..........

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 05:15 AM
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Recently i had a lady texting behind me. When we got to a stop light i got and told her do not text while driving behind me! She laughrd at me! I pulled off to one side, let her pass and called it in! Hope they got her..........


I personally think that anyone who is foolish enough to text while driving is a self absorbed, self entitled idiot.

In a fair world, Darwinism would remove these morons from the gene pool before they end up taking innocent people with them.

[Edited on 6/11/2010 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 06:05 AM
I was thinking that maybe the guyu was texting, not necessarily drunk. But either way, it could be a ticket depending on where it is. My wife and I have gone to a no texting while driving rule. It is ridiculously dangerous and has about the same appearnace and effect on others around you as drinking and driving.
 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 06:36 AM
I'm all for issuing a TUI to the idiots who actually think it's safe to text while driving.

Remember - you're operating a machine that weighs over a ton and can be operated at legal speeds of up to 70 mph. This machine passes within inches of other similar machines.

IS GIVING THIS TASK 100% OF YOUR CONCENTRATION TOO MUCH TO ASK?

And yeah! You did the right thing!

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 07:01 AM
I love to ride and have all but given up riding my motorcycle due to the idiots around here who think the can play with their cell phones while driving. I only have a 5 mile commute to work, from one end of my medium sized South Wack town to the other, and I used to love to ride the bike back after lunch and take a short cruise after work. Never make the 5 mile trip now without almost being run over by someone in their SUV chatting or texting away and paying no attention to to road! I'm all for any law with teeth that takes their toys away from them behind the wheel!

And YES Darkstr you definitely did the right thing! You'll never know who's life you might saved, but you do know that you removed the potential for a tragedy from the road before it happened!

[Edited on 6/11/2010 by willieB69]

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 09:43 AM
You did the right thing. I just did the samething about 3 months ago when driving behind a guy who was obivously **** canned. I actually followed him for a while as I had the police dispatcher on the phone, but then had to get off at my exit. I also had the kids in the car, so I didn't want to follow for too long. I called in the plate too, so I figure that was enough for the police to track him down.
 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 09:52 AM
It's one thing to get behind the wheel after a couple drinks/beers. It's a whole 'nother if you can't keep it between the lines. You did the right thing. And yes, I am guilty of DUI in the past. I'm lucky I never hurt anyone (including myself) doing it.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 10:04 AM
Absolutely the right thing. The police encourage it. They'll go wait in someone's driveway if they have to, I've seen it happen.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 10:46 AM
I saw a guy stagger out of a store and asked him if he was ok. He slurred his words, appearing visibly drunk and got in his car, so I followed him then called the police who took over following and pulled him over. I did have a little guilt but later learned that the guy was not drunk, he was having a diabetic attack, his first one, since until this he did not know he was diabetic. He was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. I didn't feel guilty after hearing that.
 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 11:38 AM
you did the right thing..my cousin was killed back in 1984 by a guy in a mustang 5.0 at 12:15 am coming home from work as limo driver.. he was only 20 at the time..we lived across the street since we were little kids..if only the cops in the town threw this guys butt jail when they had the chance..they pulled hiim over twice and told him stay at home,,the a-hole was going for last call..i'll never forget my brother and his buddy picking me up at school the next morning..i was a mess..to top it off both my cousins and the other guys wake were at the same funeral home at the time..i couldn't believe it..no familt should have to go through that
 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 11:51 AM
I've only done it once, coming back from a Talladega race many years ago. Guy passes us at an insane speed, and there were 2 kids that looked about 5 standing up in the passenger seat of the truck. We flagged down a highway patrol, later passed them pulled over. The driver was in cuffs.


I tend to agree with leaving the texters to the Darwin outcome. But I will take action when kids are involved.

 
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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 12:12 PM
About 13 years ago the wife and I were driving home to ct. from north jersey, near the tappan zee bridge an suv was driving very sloppy weaving, speeding up, slowing down. so as I drive past, I tried to get the drivers attention, and a womans head popped up from his lap.

 

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About 13 years ago the wife and I were driving home to ct. from north jersey, near the tappan zee bridge an suv was driving very sloppy weaving, speeding up, slowing down. so as I drive past, I tried to get the drivers attention, and a womans head popped up from his lap.
Reminds me of a story Kim Payne told me about him, Mike Callahan and the equipment truck.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 12:18 PM
You did the right thing. Here is an example of what happens when some selfish idiot gets behind the wheel after drinking. The jerk in this case is a guy who used to be in my group of friends years ago. We cut him out of our group many years ago do to some of his other actions and severe character flaws. This guy got caught and arrested twice before for DUI and still continued his selfish ways ending up killing an innocent mother of two little girls who was minding her business driving to work. I would not hesitate to call the cops if I witnessed an erratic driver. You may have saved a life last night.

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/karen.negrin.smithtown.2.1740113.html

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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 12:20 PM
i call it in EVERY time..

if they don't respect others right to be safe, they don't deserve to be on the road..

plus, it could be somebody having a medical emergency, or somebody that is just tired and should not be on the road...
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  posted on 6/11/2010 at 02:18 PM
what were kim and mike doing alone in the equipment truck?

 

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