Have You Ever Reported A Dangerous Driver?

Sometimes, you have to look past our national no-snitching policy and report a driver who is endangering themselves and others on the road. Where do you draw the line?

Over the weekend, I was driving east on a pretty dead four-lane divided highway through Binghamton, New York, at around 2:30 a.m. in a Ford Mustang RTR press loaner. The road was mostly clear, but there are two things you always have to look out for when driving in that area late at night.

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1. Deer and other wildlife.

2. State troopers and sheriff’s deputies.

The latter of which is very important when you’re behind the wheel of a 700-horsepower Mustang that’s constantly begging you to make it the deliverer of your inevitable license suspension.

But there was a third danger that I was quickly reminded of that posed a real, dangerous risk on the road: drunk drivers.

As I was cruising down the highway, I came upon this Nissan Rogue that was all over the road. Luckily, aside from me and my buddy in the RTR, there was barely any other traffic.

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The Rogue swayed within its lane for the most part, but whenever a major curve would come up, it would swing far onto the shoulder, toward the guard rail, or into the other lane.

I felt like I was watching a “Drive sober or get pulled over” public service announcement. A crash seemed inevitable. I couldn’t help but follow the Rogue to see if their erratic driving patterns continued.

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They did.

After around 10 miles or so of this, we passed a sheriff sitting in the median. The cop didn’t pull out—we were on a straight stretch of road and the driving didn’t look erratic. But I decided to call 911 and report the driver, for their safety and for whoever else they might’ve encountered further down the road after I got off.

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After giving a description to a dispatcher and staying on the line, the sheriff came flying up around me, trailed the Rogue for about a mile as it continued to sway around the road, and then pulled the driver over.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to wish a driving under the influence charge on a stranger, as it can have serious consequences beyond just a fine, a license suspension and losing the ability to go to Canada. But at the same time, this driver easily could’ve severely injured themselves or others at any moment.

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So, that’s my story. I’m happy I made the call, but I do feel a little bad about it. I shouldn’t. I know it was the right thing, but, you know what I mean?

Anyways, have you had to report a driver recently? Maybe someone was all over the road? Or for something extremely reckless? Mattress tied down poorly on roof? Road rage? They put an M badge on a 328i?

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Aaron Brown

ex Jalopnik car boy, former social media editor.