Tips from the Illinois State Police on how to properly report a dangerous driver on the road.

Years ago, I was driving to Champaign, Illinois and it was pretty late at night. A car flew by me and it was all over the road. Luckily, the traffic on the highway was scarce. If it would have been during rush hour, a serious accident could have happened.

What to do in a situation like that? My friend traveling with me called the police. Several miles later, we saw the vehicle pulled over. There's a good chance the officer saved his life and maybe somebody else's too.

If you end up in that situation, do you know what to do?

The Illinois Police State release some simple instructions on their Facebook page.

"Do's and Don'ts of Calling 911 to Report a Reckless/DUI/Sleepy/Erratic/Dangerous Driver:"

  • Call immediately.
  • Remain calm.
  • Have details.
  • Know the location.
  • Description of the vehicle.
  • Be patient with the dispatcher.

"Reckless drivers are reported every day. Motorists with good information relayed to a 911 dispatcher aid in the police locating and arresting the reckless driver. Many times what is reported as a reckless driver is just a driver having a medical issue. Either way, we are able to get that driver the medical attention he/she needs once we make contact with them."

Remember the police are always looking for our help when protecting citizens. Don't be afraid to lend a hand.

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