Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Thing #223--What's The Call?

As I was driving home from the gym today, I saw a late-model car pulled halfway around the corner of the main street and a side street with the flashers on. The driver was sitting with an angry but resigned look on his face.

I didn't really think much about it; most people nowadays have cell phones and would make a call for help themselves. However, as I drove away my conscience bothered me. What if the person didn't have a phone, or had forgotten it today? The police make fairly regular patrols through the area, but if the shoe was on the other foot I would like help sooner rather than later. TodayI called 911 and reported a stalled car.

I actually wasn't sure if a stalled call was a real emergency, but I decided that I'd let the dispatcher make that decision. It was rainy, and the pavement was wet. If another driver wasn't paying attention, they could drive right into the stalled car. I gave the cross streets of the car, and made sure the dispatcher knew that there was no one hurt. She said that she would send someone right away.

I drove away feeling like I'd done the right thing.


  1. I totally think you did the right thing! That person could be like me, and always forget to charge their cell phone, and then to make matters worse, forget to put their car charger in the car (why you would keep it anywhere else is a very good question!).

  2. A couple of my children have no land line and completely rely on their cell phones. I could never do that!

    The last time I bought a phone it came down to two different models and I picked the one that was the same brand as my old one. The old charger still works, so I keep one at home, and one in my work bag. The car charger is permanently in my glove compartment...because I WOULD forget it otherwise!

  3. Yay! I love reading stories like this. It reminds me of when my car in 2001 started on fire on the side of the freeway and 6 people called 911 on their cell phones.

  4. ooooh i can't wait to read all of your new things! i'll add you to my page too so i can keep up.