Do You Always Have to Stop? Dial *112 to Find Out!

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Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

Do You Always Have to Stop? 

Dial *112 to Find out!

After reading this information, I felt compelled to share it with you, as it may save your life

How do you know if you are being pulled over by a policeman,

or a convicted felon with a flashing light?

All 50 states recognize the potential problem, so for your own safety you can now call *112 instead of pulling off to the side of the road in the middle of a dark road.  Read the following information and you will be convinced that this new procedure should be known by everyone.

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As shared on Facebook, Feb. 16, 2013:

EVERYBODY SHOULD READ THIS!!!!!!!!! WARNING:

Some knew about the red light on cars, but not Dialing *112.

An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren's parents have always told her to never 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 parent’s advice, and promptly called, *112 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 *112 Cell Phone feature.

I tried it on my AT&T phone & it said, "Dialing Emergency Number." 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 on to a safe place.

*Speaking to a service representative at Bell Mobility confirmed that *112 was a direct link to State trooper info. So, now it's your turn to let your friends know about "Dialing, *112" You may want to send this to every Man, Woman & Youngster you know; it may well save a life.

2010 example: Email text contributed by A&J Ogden, June 16, 2010:

*112 may save your life Some knew about the red light on cars, but not the *112.

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 *112 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 *112 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.

*Speaking to a service representative at ** Bell ** Mobility confirmed that *112 was a direct link to State trooper info. So, now it's your turn to let your friends know about *112.

You may want to Send this to every woman (and man) you know; it may save a life. This applies to ALL 50 states

About that college student named "Lauren" The existence of "Lauren," the female college student in the viral tale who purportedly saved her own life by dialing #77 (or *112, or #112, etc.) to notify police when an unmarked car attempted to pull her over, has never been confirmed. While officer impersonations of the type described in the story do occur, we have no way of knowing whether the specifics of this particular story are true.

PASS ALONG THIS INFORMATION FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY

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If you know anyone that wants to buy or sell their home in the Elkhart County,

or surrounding area, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577,

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart, Indiana,

or email larry@larry-johnston.com  

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Wow.  I wasn't aware of this.  Glad that you are spreading the word on this.

Jan 30, 2016 07:41 AM #1
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Larry thank you for passing this information on.  I did not know this and I informed my wife about it after reading your blog.  Thank you.

Jan 30, 2016 07:45 AM #2
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Larry Johnston  remember reading this before but forgot ....Great information

will try to keep my wits about me ..good stuff larry

Jan 30, 2016 08:01 AM #3
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Lise Howe
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911 still works too - in case you don't remember the 112 - Hopefully this will not happen to anyone we know! 

Jan 30, 2016 08:08 AM #4
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Linda Guess
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Thank you.  I have been stopped in a dark desolate area.  It was frightening.  This is great information that can save lives.

Jan 30, 2016 08:12 AM #5
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Thanks Larry! Good info!

Jan 30, 2016 08:17 AM #6
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David Spencer
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Thank you for this post. Very important information to have.

Jan 30, 2016 08:21 AM #7
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Ellen Caruso
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Very important info, not only for me, but my beautiful daughters. Thanks!

Jan 30, 2016 08:25 AM #8
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Larry Johnston
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The main issue is to have the option of being able to see if you're  really being stopped by a real policeman.  Like Lise Howe  and Judi K Barrett  indicated, 911 is just as good here in the US.

Jan 30, 2016 10:54 AM #9
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When I was much younger I dated an officer. He shared a lot of things to keep me safe, but this was in the day and age before cell phones. This is great information to share, Larry. 

Jan 30, 2016 11:09 AM #10
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Larry Johnston
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Debbie Laity , I was a State Police dispatcher for about 15 years, but that was before cell phones and 911.  At least we had radios! 

Jan 30, 2016 11:15 AM #11
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Wow! I never knew this and I know its a problem that seems to be happening more and more. Thank you for sharing!

Jan 30, 2016 11:31 AM #12
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Gabe Sanders
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Just a note from my friend in the 911 dispatch center.  The *112 is used mostly in Europe and not unversal at all in the States.  One needs to call 911 in this situation.

http://www.ou.edu/police/dpsinfo/state-by-state-cellphone-highway-emergency-assistance-numbers.html

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Larry, this can save someone's life.  We had a few impostors posing as police pulling women over.   Thanks for the heads up! 

Jan 30, 2016 11:43 PM #14
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This is good information to know, and I won't forget it! Thanks!

Jan 31, 2016 08:52 AM #15
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