Can I call 911 about drivers without lights?

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Q: What are we doing with people driving at night without headlights or with only daytime lights on? On some nights I counted ten cars only have DRL on.

The drivers are completely unaware and the signal doesn’t seem to work. Usually they look at me and keep driving.

I feel the CHP needs to do better enforcement at night for this, as it’s a high level of safety risk.

Nick Radonich, Morgan Hill

A: And…

Q: Occasionally, I see a dark-colored car driving at night without headlights or daytime running lights. Obviously, this is a danger to others on the road. I want to report that, but not sure if I should call 911 or 311. Can you provide some instructions?

Deepak Sabnis

A: My suggestion is to call 911, tell the dispatcher it’s a non-emergency call, and ask to be directed to 311, a number that sometimes cannot be reached directly by cell phone. You can also flash your headlights to try to let other drivers know that they need to turn on their lights. Can I call 911 about drivers without lights?

Huynh Nguyen

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