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I have actually done a quick Google search on this one before deciding to post this…while I am not certain if the story below is entirely true, it would seem calling 112 does work and you do not have to pull over immediately for an unmarked police car…good to know!

I didn’t know about 112 did you?

A bit of useful advice – verified by the Dorset Police.  The number does work from a mobile.
This actually happened to someone’s daughter. Lauren was 19 yrs old and in college.  This story takes place over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday break.

It was about 1.00pm in the afternoon on the Saturday before New Year, Lauren was driving to visit a friend, when an UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put its 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 wait until she gets to a service station, etc.

So Lauren remembering her parents’ advice, telephoned 112 from her mobile. 
This connected her to the police dispatcher whom she told that there was an unmarked car with a flashing blue light behind her and that she would not pull over right away but wait until she was in a service station or busy area. 
The dispatcher checked to see if there was a police car where she was and there wasn’t and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back-up already on the way. Ten minutes later 4 police 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 that bit of advice, but it seems it could be a useful one, especially for a woman alone in a car, you do not have to pull over for an unmarked car. 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 112. 

Like I said, I’ve done a quick Google search for things like ‘112 police hoax’ and ‘do you have to pull over for unmarked police cars’ and it would appear this is geunine. If not then please don’t send me abuse like at Christmas when I was trying to be helpful with the ‘snow on car roofs’ fiasco. Up to you what you do with the information, I hope you’ll never need it!


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3 responses »

  1. 112 is definitely a legit number, when I was in Yorkshire (near Cattrick!) the hostel I stayed in had 112 as the emergency number rather than 999 because you can dial it from a phone without signal (I think) and they said it had something to do with finding where you are…I think that’s what they told me anyway, my memory is a little hazy now. Google doesn’t seem to support me in any of that though, but why would they have signs in the hostel office and tell us to call 112 if we got stranded when out with out groups, if everyone knows 999?! It’s also Europe wide, so if you’re in Europe, 112 is the one to call since most people don’t necessarily know other countries emergency numbers!

  2. 112 is definitely real – it’s the equivalent to 999 in most of Europe; it’s worked here for years in case tourists don’t know what else to dial.

    No idea about the story but, even if it’s not true, it’s a good reminder about protecting yourself.

  3. This story has been kicking around for years, may or may not be true. But here’s a really good site for checking on these types of stories, you just have to copy and paste a couple of lines from a story or email


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