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Dialing 77, according to Snopes.com

There is an forward going around telling you to diall 77 or 677 on your cell phone if you have doubts that the person with a red light pulling you over is really an officer of the law.

According to Snopes.com, dialing 77 will get you through to a dispatcher or officer in some states, not others. Then you can explain why you are not pulling over. They will then dispatch a real police car to help you. I just got this today and thought it was important enough to check out. You could call your own police dept. to check your own state.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/fakecop.asp

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2006, 06:08 PM
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That sounds like a really good system, I'd like to see it used all over. Kentucky took the easy route. Off duty police officers, detectives, and plain clothes officers do not make traffic stops. They can follow you, but must call for a fully marked cruiser with a uniformed officer to actually make the stop.
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A real police officer is supposed to be willing to wait for you to make a call to check him out.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2006, 07:31 PM
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Since it works in some states and not in others, I believe it is best to dial 911. That works everywhere.
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I actually have non-emergency numbers programed in my cell phone.
Along with normal vet, emergency vet, animal control, etc... so you can see I'm a bit of a preparedness freak
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Joyce (and all), I just wanted to correct the forward that's making the rounds. It has the wrong number, and the right number isn't valid in some states.

Jennifer, I think you're wise to have those numbers ready, just in case.




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