I just received one of those emails that spoke of emergency information that needed to be known and passed on to others.
It was about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren’s parents have always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas station, etc. Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called 677 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there weren’t, so he told her to keep driving, remain calm, and that he had back up already on the way.Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.
I never knew about the *677 Cell Phone feature, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a safe & quiet place. You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them (i.e. put on your hazard lights) or call *677 like Lauren did. Too bad the cell phone companies don’t generally give you this little bit of wonderful information. Speaking to a cell phone service representative, I confirmed that *677 was a direct link to State Police Dispatch. So, now it’s your turn to let your friends know about *677. Let other folks know about this. It may save a life.
So, I went to a page on Urban Legends and found a great page about this particular Pullover email that has circulated for years.
Just click here and you can print out a listing of emergency cellular phone numbers for each state.