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911: A case of good money spent

Monday, June 09, 2008 in My Opinions and Rantings (Views: 4146)
Another great example of great 911 service is driving up I-95 a couple of weeks ago when I ran into a what I thought was very drunk driver.

This driver was weaving all over the road, and was putting his hand out the window, which to me is a sign he is falling asleep. I honk at him, and flash my lights at him, even put my high beams into his mirrors, and nothing. He's obviously "ass-faced".

After his fourth near miss, I was able to get close enough to him to read his license plate, and call 911, to do my duty as a citizen and hopefully to save an innocent person's life. I call them, transfer to Virginia Police, and tell them what's happening, the car in detail, and the license. They say they will get someone out there to catch him.

He then turns off to another highway. I called back, transferred, and told them that this car had turned. I didn't remember the whole plate, but most of it, and when I heard the words "I'll update the call", I told (in the form of a question) the dispatcher that she had no idea what I was talking about...

I just hope nobody got injured by him.

This takes a backseat to an incident I was involved in back in 1997 in Southern California, where I saw a drunk driver weave, hit a telephone pole, and then I looked for a phone to call 911. I found a firehouse, called 911, was on hold for a minute (classic), and told them what happened.

My response from Los Angeles County? He would actually have to hurt or kill someone before they would send someone out.

Maybe the era of good samaritans are dead, but the waste of taxpayer money, in this case 911, will probably live until America crumbles from within and dies.

 

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