Addiction Alcohol Use Drunk Driving How to Report a Drunk Driver You Just Might Help Save Someone's Life By Buddy T Buddy T Facebook Twitter Buddy T is an anonymous writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism. Learn about our editorial process Updated on April 20, 2020 Fact checked Verywell Mind content is rigorously reviewed by a team of qualified and experienced fact checkers. Fact checkers review articles for factual accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We rely on the most current and reputable sources, which are cited in the text and listed at the bottom of each article. Content is fact checked after it has been edited and before publication. Learn more. by Emily Swaim Fact checked by Emily Swaim LinkedIn Emily is a board-certified science editor who has worked with top digital publishing brands like Voices for Biodiversity, Study.com, GoodTherapy, Vox, and Verywell. Learn about our editorial process Print James And James / Getty Images Drunk drivers kill thousands of innocent people every year. Reporting them to the police might just save someone's life. When you report someone who is driving impaired, either by alcohol or drugs, try to provide the law enforcement agency with as much information as possible: the color, make and model of the vehicle and the license plate number. Don't feel guilty about reporting a drunk driver. If you saw someone pointing a loaded gun at innocent people, you would not hesitate to report it. There is very little difference between that situation and someone driving while impaired; it is potentially just as dangerous. What If the Drunk Driver You're Thinking About Reporting Is a Friend or Relative? Should you report the drunk driver if you know the driver? What if a close relative is about to get behind the wheel while intoxicated? If you know the driver, the first course of action would be to try to talk them out of driving or try to take their keys away until they sober up. However, if your relative refuses to cooperate and decides to drive in spite of your efforts, you should report them to the authorities just as you would report a stranger who was endangering the lives of innocent people. You may face some fallout for reporting a relative's drunken driving, but not reporting it puts their life and the lives of others in jeopardy. How would you feel if your relative had a wreck and died? You would no doubt regret not having reported them. How to Report a Drunk Driver The quickest way to report a drunk driver is by calling 9-1-1. In some jurisdictions, traffic violations, even aggressive or impaired driving, is not considered an emergency. In such cases, you should call the non-emergency number for local law enforcement. You can usually call 4-1-1 to get the correct number to call. If you wish to report a drunk driver anonymously, many areas have "Crime Stoppers" or similar programs that will allow you to do so. If you are driving and witness someone driving impaired, you can use your cell phone to report the driver. Many highway patrol divisions have their numbers posted along the highway, but not all states have quick-dial numbers for law enforcement. Highway Patrol Quick-Dial Numbers by State Here are the quick-dial numbers for each state in the U.S.: Alabama: Cellphone-only: *HP (star 47) Alaska: 911 Arizona: 911 Arkansas: 911 or cellphone-only: *55 (star 55) California: 911 Colorado: 911 or cellphone-only: *CSP (star 277) or *DUI (star 384) Connecticut: 911 or 800-443-6817 Delaware: 911 Florida: 911 or 800-459-6861 or cellphone-only: *FHP (star 347) Georgia: 911 or cellphone-only: *GSP (star 477) Hawaii: 911 Idaho: 911 or 800-233-1212 or cellphone-only: *ISP (star 477) Illinois: 911 or cellphone-only: *999 (star 999) Indiana: 911 Iowa: 911 or 800-555-HELP (800-555-4357) Kansas: 911 (statewide) or cellphone-only: *HP (star 47) for Salina, KS; *KTA (*482) for Kansas Turnpike and for Wichita, KS Kentucky: 911 or 800-222-5555 Louisiana: 911 or cellphone-only: *LHP (star 547) for state; *27 (star 27) or 504-893-6250 for Lake Ponchartrain Causeway: Maine: 911 or cellphone-only: *SP (star 77) Maryland: 911 or cellphone-only: #SP (pound 77) Massachusetts: 911 Michigan: 911 Minnesota: 911 Mississippi: Cellphone-only: *HP (star 47) Missouri: Cellphone-only: *55 (star 55) or 800-525-5555 Montana: 911 (emergency only) or 800-525-5555 (non-emergency) Nebraska: 911 or 800-525-5555 or cellphone-only: *55 (star 55) Nevada: 911 or cellphone-only: *NHP (star 647) New Hampshire: 911 or 800-622-2394 or cellphone-only: *SP (star 77) New Jersey: 911 or cellphone-only: #77 (pound 77 — to report aggressive driving) New Mexico: 911 or 505-827-9301 New York: 911 North Carolina: Cellphone-only: *HP (star 47) or 800-662-7956 North Dakota: 911 Ohio: 911 or 800-525-5555 (OHP) or 800-877-7PATROL (800-877-7728765 — to report non-emergency safety concerns) or 800-GRAB-DUI (800-4722-384 — to report erratic driving) Oklahoma: Cellphone-only *55 (star 55) Oregon: 911 Pennsylvania: 911 or cellphone-only: *11 (star 11) — on turnpikes Rhode Island: 911 or 401-444-1069 South Carolina: Cellphone-only: *HP (star 47) South Dakota: 911 Tennessee: Cellphone-only: *THP (star 847) or 615-741-2060 Texas: 911 or 800-525-5555 or cellphone-only: *DPS (star 377) Utah: 911 or cellphone-only: *11 (star 11) Vermont: 911 or DWI Hotline: 800-GETADWI (800-4382394) and *DWI (star 394 — cellphone-only) Virginia: 911 or cellphone-only: #SP (pound 77) U.S. Virgin Islands: 911 Washington: 911 West Virginia: Cellphone-only: *SP (star 77) Wisconsin: 911 Wyoming: Cellphone only: #HELP (pound 4357) or 800-442-9090 If you're using your cellphone to report drunk driving, be sure you adhere to the local laws regarding driving and cellphone use. 1 Source Verywell Mind uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drunk driving. Additional Reading OU Police Department. Cellphone emergency assistance. Updated April 5, 2019. By Buddy T Buddy T is an anonymous writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Get Treatment for Addiction Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.