Originally Posted by Patchman
If units are availalbe, and are close-by enough, the agency will likely make an effort to correct the reported problem. I don't know if in your two situations, the LE agency had unit(s) available or close-by enough to intercept in a timely basis.
That matches my experience, Patchman.
On an interstate after dark in a populated area, I used my cell to report a zooming and weaving driver, who was doing at least
85 in a 60 (my wife was driving) but I didn't expect the cops to do anything -- how could they?
Luckily, they just happened to have a car nearby, and they nailed his stupid, drunk/high ass a mere 3 miles down the interstate. The cop was stopped at the exit just waiting, and turned the lights on when the SUV was 200 yards away.
Seriously though, the interchange 3 miles ahead of where he was stopped has killed a lot of people.
Based on the tone of voice from the operator, I conclude that area law enforcement (dispatchers included) take drunk/reckless reports especially seriously. She questioned me in a manner that was clearly designed to get the important facts from me very quickly.