Who You Gonna Call?

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Use 911 for emergencies in US

A story has been circulating on the Internet, regarding a young woman who had the presence of mind to call 112 on her cell phone, when she was being stopped by a “police officer” on a lonely street.

So, clients have been asking me, “What’s up with this?” or as their children may ask, “Wassup?”. Is 112 the new 911? Are they the same? Is 112 a better, faster way to connect to an emergency number. The answer is No… and then No.

112 is an emergency number mainly in Europe. We’ve been using 911 for eons. Why would we look to change it? We know what it is… we understand it… and we remember it — 911 is indelibly etched in our minds forever. It really shows the impact of the Internet that an unvetted story can create havoc.

Without being political, there is fake news out there so forget 112, over and done. Let’s talk about the other problem…. getting stopped by the police, especially at night. There are a lot of “perps” out there looking to take you, hurt you, and cause a lot of pain.

If you’re stopped at night, make sure you stop your car but only in a lighted, public place. When you see the blue or red lights come on, breathe slowly and take a few seconds to think. Don’t just stop and wait for something to happen, because it will. You are entitled to be safe. You are entitled to rest your car in a public area where there could be some help. That is where 911 can be a big help.

If you feel threatened or unsure, you can verify who’s chasing after you, by calling 911. You can tell them you’re not evading the police but need to stop in a safe area. Let’s not act as victims here but take control of our lives. We may be old but we’re not stupid. There is bad stuff out there, but don’t take us for chumps.

So, let’s take things in order: We only use 911 here in the good old United States. Know how to use 911 on your own phone with speed dial, or get an IT expert to put it on…. your grandson, or granddaughter…and lastly, we have a right to be safe and no good-for-nothing “perp” is going to steal that right from us.

Take it for what it is… it’s just AS I SEE IT.

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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000.

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