Most of us can spot a careless driver almost immediately. Usually when you see someone swerving across lanes and coming close to causing a collision, you are on alert and watch them intently, while doing what you can to avoid them.
Unfortunately, there are over 40,000 people killed every year on county, state and interstate highways in the U.S. alone. Many people see dangerous drivers every day but few of us know what we can do to report these negligent individuals.
Is calling 911 an option?
Yes, when you catch someone driving recklessly you can report it to local Law Enforcement using 911 if the person’s behavior is a danger to others. When reporting recklessness, exercise caution. Do not try to follow the person or snap a cell phone picture of their license. Instead, take a moment to call 911; pull over to tell them your location, description of the dangerous driver and what direction they’re headed in. The vehicle make, model, color, and license plate number are also helpful for assisting police in locating the offender.
Are there other ways I can send a report?
When you reach a safe place to stop and park, use www.reportdangerousdrivers.com to alert local authorities of any dangerous car, motorcycle or truck drivers. All you need is the license plate number of the vehicle to post an anonymous violation report on the website. After you report the incident, the owner of the vehicle is notified by mail of his or her offense.
You can file reports on a variety of violations including:
- Red light running
- Road rage and intense aggression
- School zone violation
- Drunk driving
- Cell phone use and texting in a reckless manner
Parvey & Cavenago is dedicated to making our roadways safe and clear of careless, harmful drivers. Protect your family and loved ones by reporting recklessness when you see it. To learn more about our personal injury attorneys and specialties, or to schedule a free consultation, call Parvey & Cavenago today.