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Feds Review How States Handle DWI Reporting

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, issues several reports each year that explore various issues related to drunk driving and other driving-related issues. Recently, NHTSA conducted a fifty-state survey of the methods states use to allow people to report drivers whom they suspect are driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (DUI).

According to NHTSA, 45 U.S. states allow drivers to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers. New Hampshire is one of these states. Only six states, however, have dedicated lines for drivers to call only if they want to report a potentially drunk driver. New Hampshire once had a similar program, known as DWI/REDDI. The DWI/REDDI program was operated by the New Hampshire State Police and gave people a specific number to call if they thought they had spotted a drunk driver. However, New Hampshire no longer promotes the program and its use has declined sharply.

Callers who dial 911 to report a suspected drunk driver are asked for several different pieces of information. These include the car’s license plate number, the location, and a description of the driver and/or the car. According to NHTSA, New Hampshire callers usually report drivers who are failing to stay in their lane on the road or who are having problems with braking or vehicle control. Most reports occur in summer and in daylight hours.

Evaluating a driver’s impairment is difficult even for professionals, let alone for the average citizen. If you’ve been charged with drunk driving in New Hampshire, the knowledgeable New Hampshire DWI defense lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. will examine your case thoroughly and fight for you to ensure the best result possible under the law. Contact Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at 1-888-511-1010 for a free telephone consultation.