*77

@jess368 (3368)
United States
December 23, 2008 11:20am CST
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 f riend. 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 wa it until they get to a gas station, etc. Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called*77on 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 disp atcher 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 PhoneFeature, 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. Too bad the cell phone companies don't generally give you this little bit of wonderful information. *Speaking to a service representative at ** Bell ** Mobility confirmedthat*77 was a direct link to State trooper info.So, now it's your turn to let your friends kn ow about*77. This applies to ALL 50 states.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
24 Dec 08
Hi dear Nice story and nice info for those weho dont know ( not applicable to me as i am not in states). And it also show how well Lauren reacted and did a good job. well done to all of them Take care
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
7 Jan 09
Well Now you have this extra bit of info, in case you ever do come to the states! But I hope you know that for the most part coming to the states should be a safe journey.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
9 Jan 09
Thanks again and sure hope some day i will visit USA take care
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• United States
30 Dec 08
thanks for the post. Thank God she wasn't hurt.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
7 Jan 09
Yes, and I hope this *77 now stays in the back of your mind, just so nothing bad ever happens to you!
• Dominican Republic
26 Dec 08
Thanks a lot for sharing this... I'll keep that in mind Happy MyLotting and have a nice day! Xp
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
28 Dec 08
You're very welcome! ~Happy Holidays~
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I did not know that either. It is nice to know, just in case.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Never hurts to have this kind of information in the back of our heads! Like you said, "just in case" ~Happy Holidays~
• India
23 Dec 08
nice one!
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Thanks, I hope you never need to use it, but at least you have the information just in case!
• United States
23 Dec 08
Wow! Something so important should be public knowledge, certainly! Thank God for Lauren's excape from danger. The rest of us need to be as fortunate, and knowing about *77 will surely help. Thank you.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I just hope many people see this. It would horrible if something bad happened to a woman just because she didnt know about this great tool on our phones!
• United States
23 Dec 08
Wow. I'll keep this in mind. Thank you for sharing.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Your very welcome! A few years ago, the fake police officer was a huge deal. There was a guy in East Texas pulling over women, and doing horrible things. It never hurts to be too safe!
• United States
7 Jan 09
I used to be a volunteer firefighter and I was instructed on the operations of the 911 call center. So when I had a problem with a police officer who was not doing his job according to the laws, and then he got up set and angry with me when I approached him about the consequences of his actions. As a result he was almost caught on the 911 audio recording of our conversation unfortunately for me, the 911 dispatcher disconnected the phone in order to protect the police officer from being exposed. I highly doubt the *77 would be any better for the protection against actual police abuse, but as this story indicates it is good for those people who are in the midst of a scam that does not actually involve members of the Blue Union of Brotherhood. Lucky for this young potential victim of crime to have remembered *77. I have 911 engraved on my brain and I now know that it has limitations as the people behind the scenes can definitely make a difference.
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