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October 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary, Technology

Don’t Pull Over for an unmarked car if you’re alone on a dark road.

This just in from the NEWS FROM MOM DEPARTMENT. There are a few previous posts on here in which I related news that my mom usually gets from her friends that pass around stories on the internet. I told her, if it says pass this along to everyone you know, don’t. So I have to screen them.

There is a precedent for this. I saw it on Dark Heart Iron Hand on MSNBC I think about former California Highway Patrol Officer Craig Peyer who strangled a 20 year old San Diego State University College student Cara Knott. So if there’s anything positive that can be learned from her tragic death at the hands of a maniac cop, please read on.

Scary Halloween Story - Don't pull over

Scary Halloween Story - Don't pull over

If only she’d had a cell phone then and knew about *112.

It was about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and someone we’ll call “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

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