Advice for Female Drivers

A bit of useful advice – verified by the  Gardaí

The number (112) does work from a mobile phone.
This actually happened to someone’s  daughter. Alice (not real name) was 19 yrs old and in college.
This story takes place over the Christmas / New Year’s holiday break.
It was the Saturday before New Year and it was about 1.00pm in the afternoon, and Alice was driving to visit a friend, when an UNMARKED Garda car pulled up behind her and put its lights on.

Alice’s parents have 4 children (of various ages) 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 service station, etc.
So Alice remembered her parents’ advice, and called 112 from her mobile phone.
This connected her to the Garda dispatcher, she told the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop 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 Garda 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 Garda cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her.

One Garda 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 especially for a woman alone in a car, you do not have to pull over for an UNMARKED car.

Apparently Gardaí 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 Alice did.

Too bad the mobile phone companies don’t give you this little bit of wonderful information.
So now it’s your turn to let your friends know about 112 (112 is an emergency number on your mobile that takes you straight to the Gardaí because 999 does not work if you have no signal).

This is good information that I did not know and I hope it can be useful to others as well!

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2 Users Responded in " Advice for Female Drivers "

Sandra said,  

I emailed the Garda Press Office about this email and I got a reply saying it is complete rubbish. Their email is if you want further confirmation.

Louie said,  

I really dont know if this story is in fact true, but I am grateful for the message it sends out.
I was being followed by a Taxi Driver over a month ago and it totally freaked me out.I never knew the
information about unmarked Garda cars or even the fact that you can wait to find a safe place to pull over…
I think the moral of this story is to be careful and I dont think it really matters or can in fact be proved either way.

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