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Thursday, November 10, 2005
YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT *677
(From Greta, our correspondent in Astoria.)
I knew about the red light on cars, but not the *677. It was about 1:00p.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 them 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 *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 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 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&quiet; place. 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 that
*677 was a direct link to State Police Dispatch. So, now it's your turn to
let your friends know about *677.
Send this to every person you know; it may save a life.