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Fact Check: Dialing 1-1-2 won't help you in an emergency

By Donovan Hill, KTVM Reporter, dhill@ktvm.com
Published On: Feb 18 2013 05:24:54 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 18 2013 05:41:36 PM MST
BUTTE, Mont. -

A story that is seemingly growing more popular on Facebook everyday says you can contact local police dispatch by dialing 1-1-2 on your cell phone.

NBC Montana decided to check the facts.

The story reads about an unmarked car with a flashing light attempting to pull a young girl over late one evening.

The advice the young girl remembers her parents telling her is racing through her mind. That’s when she decides not to stop, but instead, keeps driving and dials 1-1-2.

That phone number reportedly gets her to a local dispatcher who checks to see if it really is a police officer behind her. The girl learns it's, in fact, not a real police officer. Dispatch then advises the girl to keep driving until real officers can arrive.

When the police do catch up they inform the young girl that the driver of the unmarked vehicle is a convicted rapist.

Here at NBC Montana we haven’t heard of 1-1-2 before so we asked around.

"I have not heard of 1-1-2 before," said Krista Stone, a student at Montana Tech.

"I have never heard of 1-1-2," added Kathy Jo Persons, a Butte resident.

NBC Montana tried the number with all major cell phone providers Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, and received the same result every time, the operator saying the phone number didn’t exist -- proving that there is no substitute for 9-1-1 when it comes to emergencies.

"That’s tough. I would pray I would rely on my instincts that I would dial 9-1-1 because I do know that goes to dispatch for whatever location you are in," concluded Persons.

If you find yourself in a similar situation as the young girl from the story then dial 9-1-1 right away, and don’t pull over unless you’re in a well lit public area such as a grocery store or a gas station.