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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Drunk Driver

I've been meaning to talk about this for a while. I had an experience with what can only possibly be a drunk driver.

This happened on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at approx. 9:30pm PDT. I was driving home from my dance lesson and while on Westbound 520, I saw the car in front of me swerve a bit. At first I didn't think too much of it because the traffic was light and we've all had those moments when we're changing the radio station or whatnot and you sort of swerve a bit.

Well, I watched this person swerve around quite a bit. Then I decided to call 911. I gave them the license plate number and as best of a description of the car that I could.

Then when I went to merge onto I-5 North from 520, this person at the last minute decided they needed to go that way too and almost crashed into the concrete barrier.

I stayed behind this person, even though I could have easily passed. I just somehow felt responsible and -- I don't know. I guess I figured if I was behind them I would be quicker to notice an accident and be able to avoid it better than someone unaware.

Well, as it so happens, this person got off at the same exit as me. So, I decided to call 911 again. But, apparently I was connected to a different 911 office since I wasn't on the freeway anymore and they didn't have my previous report. Since I was driving, I hadn't written down the license plate number and at the time I wasn't in a position to see it clearly, so I gave it as I remembered it, but I couldn't really remember much.

Anyway, at one point I pulled up next to this person and the woman in the car was so drunk that she could barely keep her head from bobbing. I was so disgusted. I wanted to do something. I was so sure that she would hit someone and kill them, but I had called the police twice with detailed directions on where she was located. I maybe should have followed her home (or wherever she was going) but I turned off to go to my house and just hoped that everything would be ok.

Should I have done something more?

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