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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Isn't EVERYONE responsible for safety on the roads? And think of this... if citizens help with enforcement of road safety laws, which really isn't that difficult to do and requires very little training to do right, wouldn't that leave the more highly trained police officers to attend to other duties that require a higher level of training?
    My responsibility on the road is to drive safely and to be aware of my surroundings. What sort of evidence do we need for this? Or are we going to allow the bitter ex-girlfriend to continually call into the police saying their ex is speeding or driving badly or drunk?
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    My responsibility on the road is to drive safely and to be aware of my surroundings. What sort of evidence do we need for this? Or are we going to allow the bitter ex-girlfriend to continually call into the police saying their ex is speeding or driving badly or drunk?
    Reading this, I just realized that I might have misunderstood what was being asked. I assumed that we were talking about calling in a driver who the police could then be on the lookout for or if there is some evidence that they actually violated the law, such as a video or picture (if a pic or set of pics would be enough to prove the incident). I don't agree with someone getting a traffic citation just from my calling them in, but I do think that they should be reported and it investigated. Who knows, if you have several people reporting the same person/vehicle, then they could probably cite them without the police witnessing it, but in most cases, it shouldn't just be a citation issued from just a single report.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Laws in different places, of course differ, but if your local jurisdiction allowed reporting traffic violations to the police where the offender would be issued a ticket, would you do it?
    Local laws have always permitted this and I have reported violations before.

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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Not unless it was something serious. I'd probably report a drunk driver, but not someone who was going 15 mph over the speed limit.
    In my case, the last time I reported it was a truck trying to enter a freeway from the exit ramp, driving into oncoming traffic.

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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    In my case, the last time I reported it was a truck trying to enter a freeway from the exit ramp, driving into oncoming traffic.
    That one sounds like it will sort itself out before the cops could get there.
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    That one sounds like it will sort itself out before the cops could get there.
    I still reported it. Point is OP assumes the law currently banns reporting this, which it does not.

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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    My responsibility on the road is to drive safely and to be aware of my surroundings. What sort of evidence do we need for this? Or are we going to allow the bitter ex-girlfriend to continually call into the police saying their ex is speeding or driving badly or drunk?
    You need convincing photographic and/or video evidence...
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    I still reported it. Point is OP assumes the law currently banns reporting this, which it does not.
    Actually, the OP does not assume this. Where the OP lives, you may currently submit photographic and/or video evidence to the police who may when issue a ticket if they deem it convincing enough. In some jurisdictions, the reporter will get half of the fine as a reward once it is collected... Some people have made a cottage industry of it, reporting every miscreant they see. I save it for violations I consider adding to the general hazards of the road or disregard for children (i.e. children with no helmet on a scooter) -- that is most of the violations I catch...
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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    I'd report reckless/drunk drivers.




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    Re: If local laws permitted, would you report traffic violations to the police?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    You need convincing photographic and/or video evidence...
    So people are driving around, they see someone serving let's say. We're claiming that we want these people to whip out their cell phones or cameras and take pictures or video to send to the cops in order to ticket them at a later date? Not so sure that's a good idea.
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