Passengers need to remember they can protect themselves and others on the roads, by being proactive and reporting unsafe drivers. This could save lives.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 03, 2013
With the summer travel season approaching, Scambook, the Internet’s leading consumer complaint resolution platform, is offering some guidelines to report unsafe drivers who are making travel this summer a bit worrisome for all.
“Passengers need to remember they can protect themselves and others on the roads, by being proactive and reporting unsafe drivers,” said Kase Chong, Scambook’s Director of Marketing. “If a driver appears to be drunk, impaired, or texting based on the behavior of their vehicle, motorists and passengers should pull over and call 911 to report the situation. This could save lives.”
Most consumers have an understanding that calling 911 is reserved for emergencies, which may result in hesitation to call to report unsafe drivers if the danger is not readily apparent. Scambook is therefore offering tips for those drivers and passengers on the road to help identify an unsafe driver:
1. Examine the driving path. Scambook advises that people stop and ask themselves whether this driver is putting others in harm’s way. If a driver is cutting people off, straddling two lanes, or continually drifting into another lane, they should be reported.
2. Analyze the driver’s state. If a driver appears to be having difficulty staying awake or focused, or their hands keep moving from the steering wheel, this is another time to call 911.
3. Be aware of traffic signs. When a driver passes through a stop sign or light, it is important to see if this pattern is continuous before reporting a driver. If such behavior is perpetual, individuals should report the driver by calling 911 but only if the danger is “immediate” and “easily observed.”
4. Stop improper cell phone usage. Distractions can easily be avoided by removing the use of cell phones when driving. Although illegal, many continue to talk and text without proper use of a headset while operating their car. With 3,000 people killed per year due to this reason, this can easily be sighted as the difference between a safe and unsafe driver.
5. Take note of the car’s status: Sometimes a car can be labeled as “unsafe” for faulty breaks or other outstanding conditions with the car. If the car seems to be having difficulty operating in a secure manner that puts others at risk, this vehicle should be reported.
For those needing to report an unsafe driver, Scambook offers the following steps to safely report the problem:
1. Note the vehicle’s make, model, license plate, and any identifying characteristics about the car or driver. This should be done from a safe distance and drivers should, under no circumstance, blatantly follow the vehicle.
2. Report the driver in a safe manner. Drivers should pull over before making a 911 call or have a passenger make the call. Many feel the urge to take a photo of the car and driver, however this is illegal and should only done by others in the car who are not behind the wheel.
3. Offer as many details as possible. The 911 operator will need to know any identifying characteristics such as the direction the car is traveling and the location where the unsafe driving was observed.
4. Reporting makes callers a witness. Callers reporting a 911 incident need to be aware that they may be asked to serve as a witness if the driver is brought to court.
Scambook is an online complaint resolution platform dedicated to obtaining justice for victims of fraud with unprecedented speed and accuracy. By building communities and providing resources on the latest scams, Scambook arms consumers with the up-to-date information they need to stay on top of emerging schemes. Since its inception, Scambook has resolved over $10 million in reported consumer damages. For more information, visit scambook.com.