21 April 2004

FYI

I got this sent to me by a friend of mine. I did not know this:

Lauren was 19 yr. old and in college. This story takes place over the
Christmas/New Year's holiday break. It was the Saturday before New Year's
and it was about 1PM 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 4 children (high school and college age) and have
always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the
road, but rather wait until they get a gas station, etc., so Lauren had
actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called #77 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 where police cars where she was and there wasn't and 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 other 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 #77
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"
place. You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them
(i.e. put on your hazard lights) or call #77 like Lauren did. Too bad the
cell phone companies don't give you this little bit of wonderful
information. So now it's your turn to let your friends know about #77. Send
this to every woman you know, it may save their life!

P.S. I just called #77 on my cell phone and the local dispatch officer
answered. I told her I had just received this e-mail and wanted to verify
the facts before I sent it on. She said, "Yes, Ma'am. That is correct. #77."

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