(Closed) Did I do the right thing? Drunk Driving

posted 6 years ago in Legal
  • poll: Did I do the right thing?
    Yes, better safe than sorry : (243 votes)
    99 %
    Eh, since she wasn't leaving the parking lot, it might not have been necessary : (2 votes)
    1 %
    No, mind your own business : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Annie624:  Yes, absolutely. Imagine if one or both had hit and injured/killed someone. You would have felt terrible for doing nothing. You totally did the right thing.

    Post # 4
    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011


    I’ve called it once on a car I was following down the road. It kept swaying and running into the curbs. I just knew the driver was high or drunk and was going to cause an accident.

    Post # 5
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think you definitely did the right thing. What if she had go out into the road and killed someone?!? Kudos for your for calling the cops and making sure she didn’t hurt herself or anyone else. And that guy is a total AHOLE for leaving her there like that and driving off himself the same way. 

    Post # 7
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Yes. 100%. If this drunk person was someone I loved, I would be so thankful that you (a stranger) cared enough to make the call. 


    Post # 9
    243 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Uh, since you guys were getting on the same road as those fools-yes! Sometimes people need a wake up call that drunk driving is not ok!

    Post # 10
    7296 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    i definitely think you did the right thing.  and that sounds crazy that the man put her on the driver’s side!!  and when you say the man left her, do you mean he did not get in the passenger seat?  but left her alone in the car to drive?

    Post # 11
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    In most states, it’s considered drunk driving even if you haven’t started the car.  Just having access to the keys and being in the car is enough.  You did the right thing.

    Post # 12
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee

    You did the right thing, her health was in danger and the safety of herself and others were in danger.  Drunk driving has no grey area.  You would have felt terrible if you woke up the next morning to the headline “drunk woman kills family of 5”.

    Post # 13
    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    You were 100% doing the right thing.  When I was a server back in college, a lady sat at the bar and drank at least 4-5 Long Island’s, and then proceeded to stumble to the parking lot.  We tried to call her a cab, get her to come back inside, etc. but she wouldn’t listen.  So I called the police.  I would never be able to forgive myself if I watched her drive off and she killed herself, or someone else.

    You definitely did the right thing!

    Post # 14
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’d have done the exact same thing.  Mr CL and I are slightly militant on the drink-driving thing; neither of us will even have half a pint so as to be ‘under the limit’ and still drive.  You were looking out for her safety and other people’s.  Also other people’s property too (although that’s clearly nowhere near as important!)

    Post # 15
    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I call 911 for drunk driving all the time! Prolly like 3-4 times a year! It frustrates me incredibly to see someone clearly intoxicated and switching all over!

    Post # 16
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    I did the same thing a couple months ago. Darling Husband and I were out with friends out of state, and I was getting a migraine. I finally had to go to the car and sit because I felt like I was going to throw up. After a while, I noticed I heard clinking and commotion from the car next to me. I sat up and the guy next to me was going through his trunk and pulled out a beer bottle.

    Then he sat in the driver’s seat and just sat there drinking this beer. He was clearly inebriated, and then he started up the car. I’m sitting there in complete shock, I couldn’t believe what I was watching! I wasn’t sure that I could call him in for just sitting in a running car (and I was hoping he was waiting on someone in the restuarant) and then after about 10 minutes, he DROVE AWAY! I got the license and called him in. About 30 seconds later, a cop came through. I don’t know if they got him, but I at least did what I could.

    So yes, you absolutely did the right thing!

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