TOO BAD CELL PHONES DO NOT PROVIDE
THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS,
WE'VE ALL HEARD HORROR STORIES....WITH
THIS INFO - THEY NEED NOT HAVE HAPPENED.
YOU MUST KNOW *77
I knew about the red light on cars, but not the *77. 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 her 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 *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 were police cars where she was and there
weren'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 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 *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 & quiet 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.
*Speaking to a service representative at **Bell** Mobility confirmed that
*77 was a direct link to state trooper info. So, now it's your turn to let
your friends know about *77.