How to Report a Drunk Driver in Georgia
Drunk-driving prevention is a responsibility that we all share. In other words, we all must do our part to keep our roads safe. While it’s crucial to drink responsibly and make plans to get home safely, it is also important to take steps to prevent other people from getting behind the wheel of a car if they’ve had too much to drink. Offering an intoxicated person a ride home or calling them a taxi can wind up saving someone’s life. While it’s important to prevent someone from drunk-driving, it’s also our responsibility to report a car that appears to be driving erratically or otherwise appears to be driven by someone who is intoxicated.
Reporting a Drunk Driver
If you are driving on the highway and notice another car that is swerving, speeding, braking frequently or otherwise driving erratically, you should attempt to write down the car’s license plate number. Once you’ve recorded the license plate number, you should call 911 to report the suspected drunk driver. In addition to giving the emergency operator the car’s license plate number, you should also describe the car’s description and location as precisely as possible. Most importantly, you should be able to tell the operator the make, model and color of the car. Additionally, you should describe the car’s location including the name of the street, the car’s direction of travel and any nearby cross-streets. The more information you can give the operator, the easier it will be for the police to locate the car.
While reporting a suspected drunk driver is a matter of public safety, you must be careful to protect your own safety by not taking matters into your own hands. You should never chase the vehicle or attempt to stop the vehicle yourself. Additionally, if there is another person in your car, you should have them make the call to report the suspicious car so you can remain focused on driving safely. Alternatively, if you are alone in the car, you can use a hands-free device or park your car before making the phone call. You should never attempt to dial your phone while you are driving.