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#22080 of 22403 Re: merge controllers, east coast vs west coast [fintail]
Aug 29, 2013 (5:28 pm)
>>I'll just go around, or call him in as a suspected drunk.
>Just curious, how many calls have you made on "suspected drunks"?
Who can say...
How often do you make calls about "suspected drunks" when someone doesn't drive the way you like?
#22081 of 22403 Re: merge controllers, east coast vs west coast [andres3]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 29, 2013 (6:09 pm)
I've called on crazy reckless drivers---like one doing 90 mph while making a three-lane swerve, then coming back over the 3 lanes again, and almost creaming a motorcycle, who went on his toes and did a horrible wobble but did not fall.
#22082 of 22403 Re: merge controllers, east coast vs west coast [jjackson12]
Aug 29, 2013 (6:17 pm)
I can, doesn't mean I will Maybe once, maybe once a day, maybe never, maybe weekly...
It's not about what I like, it's about what is right. It's pretty moot though, eventually everyone will have dashcams, and petulant old men who obstruct traffic as one last power trip will receive a public shaming.
Why are you so hot to trot on this? Are you an obstructor afraid of being called in?
#22083 of 22403 Re: merge controllers, east coast vs west coast [andres3]
Aug 29, 2013 (6:16 pm)
You can call it in, but I doubt it results in increased enforcement. You know how it is, follow the money, etc.
Actually, I know someone who got pulled over because someone had reported a reckless driver that was vaguely similar looking. No citation given, of course - not sure what they can do with hearsay other than harrass. But as we both know, obstructors deserve harassment and more. Call in LLCs too
Indeed, it is hard to waste the time of a traffic enforcer, they are really wasting it all the time to begin with, around here mostly enforcing underposted limits on wide open straight roads. When salaries/benefits, pensions, and equipment are factored in, it is undoubtedly an insane expense.
#22086 of 22403 what kind of drivers do you call cops about and how often?
Aug 31, 2013 (3:35 am)
my lifetime total of calling cops on other drivers is probably about 50, maybe averaging 2 times per year, with more during the years of 60k miles/year, and after 1992/cellphones of course!
it helps to know who/how to call, but you can always call state cops and they will transfer you
accordingly as necessary.
state road -> then call state cops.
non-state road -> call the local jurisdiction, sheriff's office or town.
you don't have to call 911 to reach cops.
you can call the dispatcher switchboard or non-emergency cop business phone # in most towns, and you can call the business/non-emergency/barracks number for the state cops too.
never - LLCs, I never call them in, since I'd be on the phone constantly if I did!
never - MLCs.
never - speeders, including motorcyclists weaving or doing 150 mph or doing wheelies, each of which i see every summer.
once - vehicle driving 80 mph on rims leaving a huge trail of sparks. it was so loud! state cops asked me to follow him to see which interstate direction he took and said it was OK for me to speed to keep up. I declined - told them the truth which was I was scared to do that. I thought a burning piece of his car could fly off and go through my windshield , plus it was truly scary/weird. I called them back 15 minutes later to verify that the caught the guy, which they did verify.
sometimes - vehicles travelling below the minimum speed (45).
sometimes - stopped/abandoned vehicles on side of road if they don't have one of the orange stickers yet.
once - vehicle upside down on its roof on other side of I-80 a hundred miles from nowhere, passengers stuck inside, a few drivers stopped/clustered around.
usually - inability to stay in lane; repeated lane violations. i've called this one probably 20 times over the years, usually on a back-road not the highway.
usually - insanely aggressive drivers like the guy in 1992 who chased me for an HOUR all around north-boston rush hour through 3 different towns and two highways.
never - moderately aggressive drivers. else would be on phone all the time.
never - tailgators. else would be on phone all the time.
#22087 of 22403 Re: what kind of drivers do you call cops about and how often? [elias]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 31, 2013 (5:42 am)
Motorcycles doing wheelies or running at 150 mph are generally self-correcting problems.
#22088 of 22403 Re: what kind of drivers do you call cops about and how often? [elias]
Aug 31, 2013 (8:53 am)
Tailgators, I like that.
Yesterday got behind a 90s Maxima with rear end damage that looked like it struck a pole going about 25mph in reverse. It was driving slowly but unsteadily, with poor reaction times. I went around - young driver of the fairer set, phone to her ear. I couldn't believe it!
I've never been tempted to call in idiots on bikes either - as was said, those problems eventually work themselves out.
#22089 of 22403 Re: what kind of drivers do you call cops about and how often? [elias]
Aug 31, 2013 (6:51 pm)
People here call in for the most trivial stuff.. speeding. 1 bad lane change. We all make mistakes! LEO dispatch puts the information out, because they're obligated to, but seldom if ever does anything come of it.