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How do I report a drunk driver?

Drinking and driving is a serious problem in Pennsylvania. In fact, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 30.5 percent of all total auto accidents in 2013 involved drunk drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 percent or higher. What’s more, there were also 7,900 alcohol-related traffic crash injuries in Pennsylvania.

If you think that a driver on the road might be drunk, or if you are wondering, “how do I report a drunk driver?” then follow the directions below and take hear that you could be saving a life.

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Call It In

If you’re not sure that a person is driving drunk but suspect that he or she may be, based on dangerous behavior, you can call 877-DGS-9966. That number is provided by Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services, and your report will be handled by the Bureau of Vehicle Management. If the issue is not promptly severe or dangerous, you can also file a written complaint online.

Call the Non-Emergency Police Number

You can call the non-emergency police number if one of the following situations is true.

  • You do not believe that the drunk driver is an immediate threat to anyone
  • You do not feel as if the situation is an emergency
  • You are unsure whether or not the other driver is drunk

The Pennsylvania State Police Department Headquarter non-emergency number is 717-783-5599.

Dial 911

You can call 911 if the following is true.

  • You know for sure that a person is about to enter a car and drive while intoxicated
  • You know a person is driving while intoxicated
  • A person is driving in a manner that is putting others in immediate danger

However, remember that 911 is an emergency number; calls should not be placed to 911 unless the situation is severe and requires immediate attention. When calling the police, stay calm, and give the operator as much information as possible. Additionally, make sure that you place the call from a safe location, and never use your cell phone while driving.

What to Do When a Drunk Driver Causes an Accident

If you’re involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it’s likely that criminal charges will be filed against the offender. However, if you’ve been injured, you also have the right to pursue a lawsuit (civil charges) if your injuries are severe or if you have full tort car insurance.

If you’re not sure what constitutes serious injuries, or if you have full tort auto insurance, our attorneys can provide you with what you need to know about car crashes. For a consultation that’s free of charge, call Cordisco & Saile LLC now at 215-440-6272.

Written By Michael L. Saile, Jr.
Written By Michael L. Saile, Jr.

Managing Attorney at Cordisco & Saile

Serving as a personal injury attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Michael has been honored as both a Brain Injury Top 25 Lawyer by National Trial Lawyers and a 2024 Super Lawyer. He earned his J. D. at Widener University School of Law where he was a member of the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society. Saile is also the author of two publications titled “Not Another Bad Lawyer” and “Don’t Crash Again”.