Calling *677 Only a Rumor - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/18/05

Calling *677 Only a Rumor

A viewer request. Rosalee asks, "Can you really call 677 on your cell phone in an emergency?"

She's referring to an email that's circulating about a woman with a highway emergency. It says "Luckily the girl listened to her parents advice and called 677 on her cell phone to reach a police dispatcher for help. The e-mail even says the phone company confirmed that 677 is a direct link to the dispatch."

It turns out that this does not work in Texas. The code number is not universal. Some states use #77 or 55, or 47, or even HP. Texas has no emergency code for cell phones. So, the police told us if you have an emergency on the road call 911 which works everywhere.

For more information on determining whether an e-mail is fact or fiction, click here .

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