Report Dangerous Drivers in British Columbia – 3 Options

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Dangerous Drivers Are a Real Thing, And So Is Reporting Them

Are you wondering how to report dangerous drivers in British Columbia? Call 911 if the threat is immediate. Otherwise, there are several options for how to deal with this. I would always recommend a dash camOpens in a new tab. to collect hard evidence for general purpose reasons.

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. If the Threat is Immediate
  3. Get the License Plate Number
  4. Write Down Details
  5. Non-Immediate Threats
  6. 3 Options For Reporting Dangerous Drivers
  7. Reporting Dangerous Drivers Anonymously
  8. Reporting & Identifying Yourself
  9. Committing to a Court Appearance
  10. How Police Will Investigate
  11. Police Speaking With the Driver
  12. Then What?
  13. When the Ticket is Disputed
  14. Conclusion
  15. Reporting Dangerous Drivers in Surrey

A reader’s comment inspired this article

How do I report an “N” driver driving an SUV driving at least 80 in a 50 KPH zone on Evans Road, Chilliwack just now……….& weaving in & out like a moron ? Why are people like this getting an N licence in the first place ? Getting tired of Insurance rate increases with nutjobs like this all set to go for a potential roll over or crash.

Well, it’s obvious that some drivers do not maintain the good driving skills needed to pass the road test, after the road test.

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It seems like some drivers get their license, and then immediately – or sometimes more slowly – morph into a completely different driver. Perhaps similar to a driver from The Fast And The Furious.Opens in a new tab.

I guess it somehow mysteriously happens that every driver who is driving around has passed their road test, and yet people are still Googling ‘how to report dangerous drivers.’

But let’s talk about when you’d like to report a dangerous driver that you see on the roads. Perhaps you feel there is a danger to yourself or others; perhaps an immediate danger.

Report Dangerous Driving If The Threat Is Immediate

If the driving behavior is posing an immediate threat, call 911Opens in a new tab. right away and report it.

report dangerous drivers to 911

A car driving the wrong way down the highway is an immediate emergency, is it not?

Immediate intervention is necessary. But it doesn’t need to be that dramatic in order for a 911 call to be warranted.

Drunk or impaired drivers can be just as dangerous. And I am sure there are many other ‘styles’ of dangerous driving (I can’t believe I just said that). If you see anything that you think requires immediate attention, call 911.

Get the License Plate Number To Report Dangerous Drivers

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Being able to record (or write down) the license plate number of the offending vehicle is the first thing to do if you can.

When making a report to the police, you will need this information.

This is just because trying to report a ‘grey Honda Civic’ doesn’t usually help the police to narrow down a suspect very well.

Report Dangerous Drivers – Write Down Details

write down details

If you can write down as many details as you can remember in order to report dangerous drivers, that would be good. Humans don’t have very great memories, and you will need as much information as possible. Write down details about the:

  • Person or people involved
  • What exactly happened
  • The location where it all happened
  • The time that it happened
  • Why, if you can surmise this
  • Any other details you may think would be relevant

Report Dangerous Drivers: Non-Immediate Threat

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If it’s not appropriate to call 911 for immediate action, then you can call the police non-emergency number for the areaOpens in a new tab. (city or town) the incident occurred.

Make sure to get and write down your file number for your complaint. The police give every complaint a file number. You will need this if you do follow up with your complaint again at a later time.

Report Dangerous Drivers In BC – 3 Options

There are three options available to report dangerous drivers in this province

  • Anonymously report the incident
  • You can report the incident and identify yourself, but you can decide to decline any further involvement
  • Report the incident and identify yourself, plus you can commit to attending court – if necessary

Report Dangerous Drivers Anonymously

If you go with the anonymous complaint option, the police will merely patrol the area.

They won’t be able to do much else unless they themselves witness something and can react to that.

Police usually assign a low-priority status to this type of complaint.

Reporting The Incident & Identifying Yourself

If you go with option 2: reporting the incident to the non-emergency police line and identifying yourself, the police will similarly patrol the area.

If they find the suspect vehicle, they can let the driver know there has been a complaint. The police may have a little chat and caution this driver about their driving behavior.

If someone other than the registered owner was driving the vehicle, the police may send a letter of caution to the owner.

The letter will let them know how the vehicle was being used according to the complaint, and leave it at that.

Reporting The Dangerous Driving and Committing to a Court Appearance

court appearance for dangerous driving

If you go with this third, most involved option, here’s how it will go down. You must identify yourself and be ready to commit to a court appearance, if necessary.

The police will make patrols and open an investigation. They will ask you for a written statement.

This statement will include all the details of the incident. The purpose of this is to allow the police to have a fully recorded set of details of the incident.

How Police Will Investigate the Dangerous Driving Incident

Once you report dangerous drivers, what will the police do?

Police will first identify the registered owner of the offending vehicle. This is why it’s so important to get the correct license plate number in order to correctly report dangerous drivers.

A police officer will then make a personal visit to the owner of the vehicle and let them know that their vehicle has been involved in an incident in which there was a breach of the law (the motor vehicle actOpens in a new tab.).

The police will require that the driver be identified.

Failure to identify who was driving at the time is an offense, even when it was the registered owner who was driving.

The police can now deal directly with the offending driver, or, they could charge the registered owner for the original offense; or for failing to identify the driver.

Speaking With The Driver

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When speaking with the driver, the police will summarize the complaint. The offending driver does not have to say anything in response.

However, if the driver gives an explanation, the police will listen. This explanation may be used in court if it goes to that.

Police will then decide to either issue a violation ticket or simply caution the driver. As is often the case, police will use their discretion as per each individual case.

Then, the police will call you back to update you.

Report Dangerous Drivers – Then What?

You won’t necessarily have to go to courtOpens in a new tab.. Often, the ticket is simply paid or ignored.

If it is ignored, it will be deemed convicted after 30 days have gone by since the date of issue.

When The Dangerous Driving Ticket Is Disputed

The driver may decide to dispute the ticket. If this happens, you will receive a phone call from the investigator. They will let you know when and where the dispute will be. You may or may not receive a paper subpoena.

Take notes with you to court in case some time has gone by and you maybe don’t remember all of the details.

In your case, you will recall the incident. You’ll be required to answer any questions from the prosecutor (which is usually the investigator).

The accused or their lawyer may ask you questions, too.

Report Dangerous Drivers: Conclusion

Hopefully, this answers all of your questions about how to report dangerous drivers in beautiful British Columbia. After you testify, you will be able to sit in the court and watch the remainder of the proceedings.

You will hear the court’s decision. The judge will advise whether the driver is guilty or not. If the driver is convicted, the judge will say what the penalty will be. If they aren’t, the reasons why not will be explained. And that’s about it.

To find Non-emergency Police numbers to report dangerous drivers

To look up the non-emergency police phone number for your particular city, refer to 911 E-comm’s non-emergency phone number lookup website. Opens in a new tab.

Options To Report Dangerous Drivers in Surrey

If dangerous driving occurred in Surrey, BC, you can also report it online. Surrey RCMP recently launched an online site for reporting crime. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the process of reporting dangerous drivers in Surrey. Opens in a new tab.

This is part of a pilot project to reduce the number of calls that police get. The goal is to allow police to focus on higher-priority calls.

Other crimes you can report through the site include damage or mischief complaints. This works if the damage to a vehicle or a property is less than $5,000.

You can also use it to report hits and runs to unoccupied vehicles. In addition, property and theft under $5,000, and lost property under $5,000.

This online reporting site is meant to be for less serious crimes that happen in the City of Surrey. In addition, it’s meant for crimes where there may not be any suspects or witnesses. And, for things where follow-up by a police officer is not needed.

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Carmen

Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

23 thoughts on “Report Dangerous Drivers in British Columbia – 3 Options

  1. I was in the left turn lane when the driver next to me started to proceed a left turn and nearly caused an accident. I braked and he went on but I tooted him and he stopped. I told him he cut me off. The driver did not reply but teenager in the back seat told me that I was in the wrong and didn’t know how to drive. They sped on on and the young boy hurled invectives at me. I do have a video of the incident.

  2. called non emerg about “L” driver going 80km in 50km zone; driver had already taken a left turn improperly and then when I went to pass “L” they began to speed up so i returned to behind them then they slowed again and again I tried to pass and they sped up to 80km in the 50km.. and they maintained that speed til they got to red light. I called non emerg when I got home and they said too late. they said I could have called 911. BUT I was DRIVING, and not on a street I could pull over. None of it makes sense.

    1. That sounds crazy. Well shows what I know! Yeah it makes no sense sometimes… I guess sometimes it’s just better to get away from them if that’s an option.. I know it’s not always possible. I wonder if there’s a hands free way to call 911 and then put them on speaker phone..

  3. I called 911 to report a dangerous driver and the woman from ecom said oh just keep back …useless .I was told later you cannot use 911 to report drivers doing illegal stuff.

  4. Today I was on my way home from grabbing lunch, a woman in a white Tesla cut out in front of me from a side street on Blueridge dr, causing me to slam on my breaks, she then
    proceeded to do a total of 30 km/h in a 50 zone. When confronted about cutting me off, she tried telling me that she didn’t and that that wasn’t cutting someone off. As I was taking a picture of her plate, she tried to hit me with her car, then took off after having her passenger photo me getting back into my truck. License: JK6 95G

  5. Heading east on hwy 91, Friday afternoon, Aug. 9, at Ford 250 van cut me off as I was about to pass a semi and just managed to squeeze between me and the semi only because I slammed on my brakes. He than proceeded to speed his way weaving through traffic in the same manner, took the 99 exit over the Oak street bridge and than a right on 70th. I continued North on Oak.
    License plate JX 7539.

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