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dropping a dime [Mar. 11th, 2008|02:36 pm]
The American Caliban
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I was on the road the other night and there was an obvious and dangerous drunk driver. I called 911 and guided in the cops, who apparently did arrest someone.

Poll #1152600 Turning someone in for DUI

Do you turn someone in for drunk driving?

mandatory
61(61.6%)
good idea
34(34.3%)
acceptable
2(2.0%)
maybe maybe not
1(1.0%)
nah, don't
1(1.0%)
that's not such a good idea
0(0.0%)
never
0(0.0%)
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From: catamorphism
2008-03-11 09:40 pm (UTC)
If I were really sure (like the time I saw someone on 880 in San Leandro driving with a can of Budweiser in one hand, in broad daylight), I'd call if I could call safely (or tell my passenger to call if I had one.) A lot of times, I'm not sure whether it's "drunk driver" or (say) "typical Bay Area driver".
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[User Picture]From: salome_st_john
2008-03-12 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh, let's do. Let's discuss (say) "typical Bay Area driver."

IN A COMA? ME? WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT
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From: catamorphism
2008-03-12 12:12 am (UTC)
Well, a lot of times when I'm driving around there, I wonder if it's actually in fact possible to be legally blind and get a driver's license.
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[User Picture]From: salome_st_john
2008-03-12 12:17 am (UTC)
I'm living back in Berkeley for the next year or so, after a multiple year absence, and I too wonder the same thing.
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[User Picture]From: maps_or_guitars
2008-03-11 09:48 pm (UTC)
Assuming that I was sure the individual behind the wheel was knackered, absolutely. Good on you for that.

And if the person were just DRIVING like they were knackered, i.e. dangerously, I might do the same, just to make them stop.
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[User Picture]From: tea_cantata
2008-03-11 10:13 pm (UTC)
I think the right thing is to turn someone in for any kind of obvious dangerous driving, even if they can explain it away later.
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From: catamorphism
2008-03-11 10:23 pm (UTC)
My standards for dangerous driving may be too strict, though. I mean, changing lanes without signalling is dangerous, but if I turned in everyone who did that, most driving excursions I go on I'd be spending the entire drive on the phone.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2008-03-11 10:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this particular instance was obviously impaired driving: all the way into one lane on each side, slow variable speed, really scary shit. No one who isn't drunk or otherwise having a severe medical problem drives that way.
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[User Picture]From: tea_cantata
2008-03-11 11:24 pm (UTC)
I can't think of a witty reply, so I'll just chuckle knowingly at your comment.

I think I wrote my previous comment a bit too hastily, though. What I think I mean is that there is some level of dangerous driving that really should be reported, just to do the right thing, whether caused by drunkenness or not.
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[User Picture]From: manoman
2008-03-11 10:15 pm (UTC)
Drunk and otherwise dangerous driving is no different than shooting off a loaded gun.
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[User Picture]From: firepower
2008-03-11 11:03 pm (UTC)
Yep. Both are violently negligent.

I think it's the right thing to do to turn them in. I've never done it myself, mostly because people do their drunk driving late and on weekends, when I'm simply eager to get home and hit the hay.
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[User Picture]From: jakeinhartsel
2008-03-11 11:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, I "shoot off" loaded guns all the time, does that make me dangerous?

In fact it is extremly dificult to "shoot off" an unloaded gun!
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[User Picture]From: halfjack
2008-03-11 10:20 pm (UTC)
I'll call them in drunk even if they just seem like they might be. Especially if they cut across my pedestrian right of way.
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[User Picture]From: handstil
2008-03-11 10:49 pm (UTC)
I think that NOT reporting a drunk driver is like not reporting that a guy is carrying a gun around a preschool. Yes, I'm serious.
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[User Picture]From: kasheri
2008-03-11 10:53 pm (UTC)
Kudos to you! It's something that I absolutely think should be done, but if I get on the phone while I'm behind the wheel, then I start driving like I'm drunk.
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From: threepunchstuff
2008-03-12 12:12 am (UTC)
I call the police any time I see a vehicle under the influence of Ron Paul Revolution.
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[User Picture]From: klikitak
2008-03-12 12:36 am (UTC)
Bahaha! You would need a whole fleet in Pasadena.
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[User Picture]From: klikitak
2008-03-12 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm a fan of getting anyone who's dangerous and swerving off the road. Who cares if they aren't drunk? They're still driving like poop! Outta there~!
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[User Picture]From: wrecking__ball
2008-03-12 12:40 am (UTC)
I told my own boyfriend I would call the cops on him if he didn't hand over the keys once. He did, so I didn't, but I would have. Seriously. That's what taxis and BMX bikes are for!
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[User Picture]From: springheel_jack
2008-03-12 12:42 am (UTC)
I hate calling the 'authorities', but who else would you call? Someone has to get them off the road. They'll kill someone.
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[User Picture]From: nebris
2008-03-12 01:27 am (UTC)
I'll narc those fuckers in a heartbeat.

~M~
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[User Picture]From: planetdracula
2008-03-12 01:43 am (UTC)
I've called the cops on a cell from the road. Fuck dying for a drunk driver.
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[User Picture]From: trinnit
2008-03-12 02:00 am (UTC)
bonus points if you used an autopatch on an ACC Controller

"Dialing S T POLICE"
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From: sachmet
2008-03-12 02:14 am (UTC)
I have called them in and received a $100 reward for doing so.

http://www.aaim1.org/drunkbusters.asp
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[User Picture]From: mcpino
2008-03-12 02:39 am (UTC)

Nobody wash drivin'! We waz all inna back, drinkin'.

Good for you, sir!
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[User Picture]From: eris_devotee
2008-03-12 02:46 am (UTC)

Thank you

You might've saved someone's life. And that's a very important might've.
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[User Picture]From: petdance
2008-03-13 02:14 am (UTC)
It's not even a question.
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