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    # 77 feature on your cell phone

    Got this in an email from my cousin Jeanne today. Not sure if this works but would be good for the ladies to look into it for their own good.

    Subject: #77 Feature on Your Cell Phone
    > I felt this was worth sharing with everyone! Keep
    > This is worth a good read to all my friends stay
    > I never even knew about this #77 feature!
    > This actually happened to one of my dearest new
    friend's daughter. Her
    > daughter, Lauren, is 19 yrs old and a sophomore in
    college. This happened
    > to her over the Christmas/New Year's holiday break.
    It was the Saturday
    > before New Year's and it was about 1 PM in the
    afternoon. Lauren was
    > driving from here, Winchester, to visit a friend in
    Warrenton. For those
    > of you who are familiar with the area, she was
    taking 50 East towards
    > Middleburg and then was going to cut over to 66 via
    17.55 mph. Those of
    > you who aren't familiar with this area - 50 East is
    a main road (and two
    > lanes each side with a big median separating East
    and West lanes), but is
    > somewhat secluded, meaning mostly residents along
    the road, rather than
    > commercial businesses. Lauren was actually
    following behind a state
    > police car shortly after she left Winchester and was
    going just over 65
    > mph since she was following behind him.
    > An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put
    his lights on. My
    > friend and her husband 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 the road, but rather wait until they get to a gas
    station, etc. So
    > Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice,
    and promptly called
    > #77 on her cell phone to tell the dispatcher that
    she would not pull over
    > right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher
    that there were 2 police
    > cars, one unmarked behind her and one marked in
    front of her. The
    > dispatcher checked if there were 2 police cars where
    she was. There
    > wasn't and she was connected to the policeman in
    front of her 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.
    > Thank God Lauren listened to her parents! She was
    shaken up, but fine. I
    > never knew that bit of advice, but especially for a
    woman alone in a car,
    > you should not pull over for an unmarked car in a
    secluded area. In fact,
    > even a marked car after dark should follow you to a
    populated area.
    > Apparently police have to respect your right to keep
    going to a"safe"
    > 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. I am so
    > thankful that my friend was just sitting at our book
    club meeting telling
    > us this scary story, rather than us at her house
    consoling her!
    > Be safe and pass this on to your friends. Awareness
    is everything.

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    Good post Canes.....I've heard of that stuff before. Some scary and sick people out there. One thing I've learned is to always be aware of your surroundings.

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    Cool Reality Check: State by State...

    Lauren was obviously one clever young woman. One word of caution, however:

    Cellular emergency numbers differ from state to state and, in some cases, even from highway to highway. When you enter a highway, there will often be signs advising what the emergency number is for that particular area.

    In other words, #77 only works in a few areas. In others it might be #11, or it might be a letter abbreviation for the state police. If in doubt, wherever you are, 9-1-1 will usually (but nt necessarily always) work.

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