Aggressive driving, "near misses," and excessive speed and tailgating – I have called the local police to report all of these dangers to our community. Unsafe drivers need to know that they are being watched and that they will be reported to the authorities. Too often, aggressive drivers think that their anonymity will protect them. In one instance, the teen age driver who was racing down our street was later picked up for another violation, and was prosecuted for his reckless behavior. I would encourage other bikers, runners and athletes to start speaking up" and reporting dangerous drivers to the police. Stop your bike or jog and call it in immediately. Calling in a "BOLO" ("Be On the Look Out" for…) will cause the dispatchers to alert the local cruisers which may save lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the definition of aggressive driving is: "When individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property." Police will need to know the following information when you are reporting an aggressive driver:
- Description of Vehicle (color, make, model, license plate state, and license plate number).
- Description of driver (sex, race, age, hair color, height, weight).
- Location of incident.
- Date and time of incident.
- What happened?
- Would you be willing to serve as a witness? If yes, you must give your name, address and phone number.
I would encourage all reader to report unsafe drivers. In the next several posts I will have a "how to" for each of the DC Metro area jurisdictions, starting with DC, then Maryland, Virginia and what to do about unsafe trucks and busses. Taking action may protect you and your family from being injured by an aggressive, distracted or dangerous driver.