dropping a dime

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.

27 thoughts on “dropping a dime

  1. 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”.


  2. 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.


    1. 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.


      1. 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.


      2. 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.


    1. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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~!


  5. 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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