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!