Ladies, please read -- men, pass on to the ladies that you know...
I knew about the red light on cars, but not the *677.
It was about 1:00 PM in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit
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
road, but rather wait until they get 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
an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind
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
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"
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 service representative at **Bell** Mobility confirmed
*677 was a direct link to OPP Dispatch. So, now it's your turn to let
friends know about *677.
Send this to every woman you know, it may save a
*I just called Cingular and it was confirmed this *677 will reach a
station on a Cingular cellular phone.