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Officers say 911 calls from passing motorists help police find drunken drivers

from WFAA-TV

Emergency dispatchers hear the voices every day — real 911 calls from drivers who reported close calls with suspected drunken drivers. During many of the recordings, callers have to be transferred from one jurisdiction to another as the suspect zips across city lines. Callers may think no one's responding, but police departments say they're wrong. "In our department, there are actually five officers in the DWI unit. But there are literally thousands of cars passing through the city at any given minute, so we can't be in every portion of the city to intercept those drivers, so we rely on citizens to call 911," said Officer Steve Burres, who heads the city of Irving's DWI unit. more

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