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.
• 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.