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Hello, I've recently reported a drug driver (on Friday and again today), I run a business and usually come home for a break at lunch time, a guy on my road smokes cannabis on a daily basis, then after doing so, gets into his car and drives off. 

I'm not really the type of person who goes reporting things to the police unless I think it merits some kind of action, however in this case I think the dangers surrounding this behaviour are quite obvious hence why it was reported on both occasions. 

On both occasions the 101 operator has been extremely grateful for the call and information provided, I've provided details and VRM of the car in question and where it'll be generally driven, I'm told that it will go out across the force for "general observations" and hopefully they'll get caught, however nothing has yet been done, and I'm wondering if there's anything else that could assist the police in capturing him driving. 

How quickly does a complaint made via 101 actually reach the officers on the ground? Would it be worth calling 999 if I see it happening again (as a crime is in progress)? Personally if he was under the influence of alcohol I'd ring 999, surely being under the influence of drugs would merit the same action? 

Many thanks.

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Whilst I applaud your public spirit there is never going to be a police officer just waiting for that sort of call.
I don't know where you live but in my town of about 40,000 people there will be 3 or 4 officers on duty at any one time in a role where they can respond. They will be dealing with all the calls coming in as well as a work load of crimes and other matters to follow up.
The details of the car will be circulated within minutes of your call but the chances of an officer not committed with something else being in the right place to see that car are very slim.
The best chance of him getting caught is for the information to be tasked to officer doing some sort of operation on drug/drunk drivers but that's not a quick solution.


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I’m not English based but on my shift when we got a drunk driver call come in (I don’t serve anymore and the new drugs test wasn’t available to us at the time) we’d have been all guns blazing to get the vehicle but then we had a lot more than 4 cops out and about. 

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