Because it is a fact that more people are killed and injured on holiday weekends, on the Fourth of July 2003, we introduced our DEDICATEDD EYES program.
DEDICATEDD members and supporters are always on the alert as we travel our roadways.
What can you do?
Do you know what precautions you can take to reduce your chance of becoming a victim?
Do you know what not to do?
SIGNS OF DRUNK OR DRUGGED DRIVING
Driving 10 mph or less below the posted speed limit
Sudden stops for no apparent reason
Straddling the road or lane marker
Weaving or zigzagging on the roadway
Driving on other than the road
Driving too closely to other vehicles
Almost striking another vehicle or object
No use or inconsistent use of turn signals
Turning abruptly or illegally
Driving into oncoming traffic
No headlights at night
Slow response to traffic signals (sits at green light, slams on brakes to stop)
Drifting in a straight line at a slight angle to the roadway
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
In New York dial *DWI from a cellular phone or 1 800 CURB-DWI from any phone in New York State.
These are toll free calls.
In all states to report a suspected impaired driver 911 will also respond. (This includes New York)
When you are connected:
State that you wish to report a suspected impaired driver
State an exact location of the vehicle, roadway and direction the vehicle is traveling
Provide a description of the vehicle, make, model, color, license plate number
Describe the manner in which the vehicle is being driven
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO
Do not attempt to stop the vehicle
Do not try to force the vehicle off the road
Do not get close to the vehicle (impaired drivers make sudden stops and swerve outside the lane in which they travel)
Do not follow if the vehicle is speeding or if you are placing yourself or other drivers in any danger.
Do not break any laws (ignore traffic signals, speed, etc.) in an attempt to follow the vehicle.
Do not attempt to apprehend or detain the impaired driver if they stop
Do not attempt to act in the capacity of any police, fire or medical person unless you are authorized and properly trained to perform that function
Do not attempt to assist any law enforcement officer while they are apprehending an impaired driver unless requested.
The members and supporters of DEDICATEDD celebrate holidays, host and attend parties.
Yes, some of us celebrate with alcohol because we are not prohibitionists.
We are caring responsible individuals.
We will have designated drivers, take a cab or arrange to stay overnight.
We ask that you do the same.
Please don’t endanger yourself or others.