Making a Driving Complaint to Police
Do you ever find yourself wishing that the police were there when another driver does something dangerous around you in traffic? Should you just carry on or is it worth becoming involved?
It is up to you to make that initial decision. If you think that the driver will continue to be a danger to others, an immediate call to 911 is appropriate. If not, a call to the local police non-emergency number as soon as you have time is sufficient.
Details about the vehicle and driver including license plate number, make, model, colour, location of the incident and direction of travel are important to the complaint.
With these details out of the way, the complaint taker will want to know what action you wish the police to take. There are three scenarios, and all depend on your participation: The first and least likely to succeed is to make an anonymous complaint and hope that the police can locate the vehicle and find the driver doing something wrong that they can deal with then.
The second is to identify yourself and request that the driver or vehicle owner be warned about the circumstances of your complaint if the vehicle cannot be located.
The third and most effective method is to provide a written statement of the details for a follow up investigation and possible charges against the driver or vehicle owner. You must be prepared to attend court as a witness if you choose this method.
The police did not witness the driving behaviour, so they cannot give your evidence in traffic court if the charge is disputed. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to be able to identify the driver if the vehicle license number is accurate.