|Published:||Feb 21, 2011 9:52 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 19, 2011 1:21 AM EST|
FT. MYERS, Fla - Barry Miller of Fort Myers was driving home late Saturday night when he spotted headlights barreling towards him.
"I immediately had to veer off the side of the road because the car started swerving and came right into my lane," Miller said. "Had I not swerved, I would have been hit right on my side."
Luckily, he caught the license plate number, called 911, and reported what likely was a drunk driver.
"I just watched them as they swerved in and out of the lanes coming on," Miller recalled. "It was crazy."
What Miller did is exactly what Mobile Eyes Against Drunk Driving is all about. The program is a partnership between the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Fort Myers Police Department, Cape Coral Police Department, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Bruce L. Scheiner Personal Injury Lawyers.
"We see the carnage drunk drivers cause," Scheiner said.
When you see what appears to be a drunk driver, you should call 911 and say you'd like to participate in Mobile Eyes. If a DUI arrest is made, you could get $50.
"Driving impaired is probably the most accepted crime. People don't always look at it as a crime," President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Brenda Gellinger said.
Mobile Eyes is not a new program. In fact, it's been around since the 90s. But Gellinger said not enough people are calling.
"Even if you're not sure, like, maybe they're not... Call," Gellinger said. "Call in, and even if they are not impaired, if it's because they are sitting there texting, and they get pulled over, good."
That one phone call could earn you some extra cash, but more importantly, save a life.
"One less car wreck, one less carnage," Scheiner said. "I think it is terrific if we can stop one more drunk driver."
There are some conditions and exceptions. If you call police after a DUI crash has occurred, you are not eligible to receive a reward. You are also ineligible if you are an employee or immediate relative of any of the partners in the program. For more information, contact M.A.D.D. at (239) 936-2902.