Verify: Can you dial 112 to let police know you're not pulling over right away?

We verify if dialing 112 will connect you to police to let them know you're not pulling over until you're in a safe place.

QUESTION:

Will dialing 1-1-2 direct you to the police to let them know you will not be pulling over until you reach a safe place? 

ANSWER:

We can verify this claim is false. However, dialing 1-1-2 will direct you to 9-1-1. 

PROCESS:

A post is making its way on social media claiming that if you're pulled over by a police officer who you might suspect is an imposter, you can dial 1-1-2 to let police know you're not pulling over until you get to a safe place.  

This claim is false. However, dialing 1-1-2 is real. 

1-1-2 is the 9-1-1 of Europe. So, basically a lot of cell phone providers in the U.S. will forward any call to 1-1-2 and it'll automatically be forwarded to 9-1-1.

"The number to call in the United States for access to emergency services is 9-1-1. Some carriers automatically translate the 1-1-2 number, which is the emergency number in many European countries to 9-1-1 here in the US. Some do not. It is a wireless carrier’s business decision to do that on their network. The Office of Unified Communications, which provides 9-1-1 service in the District of Columbia has no ability to track calls from any other number other than 9-1-1 because it is converted at the carrier network level. That’s why we urge everyone in need of emergency services to call 9-1-1 directly," said Alan Etter with Office of Unified Communication. 

SOURCES:

Alan Etter, Office of Unified Communication

Trey Forgety, Director of Government Affairs 

RESOURCES:

CITA

NENA Association

U.S. Department of State

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