What the police will say if you’re ALMOST run over.

January 29th, 2010

“I think you should write a formal letter of complaint to the Mayor.”

Uh..  ohkay.

I also tend to call the police ALOT; I have the numbers for Brookline, Boston District 14, Downtown Boston, Cambridge and Somerville Police Departments in my phone contacts. No, I’m not calling about the kids on my lawn. I call about double parked cars, people threatening my life, people parked in the bike lane, etc. I asked the gentleman I was speaking to today what the best number to call to get someone¬† on the scene in a NON emergency (see: person parked in the bike lane) is, and he said,

“Just call 911 and tell them its not an emergency. If you call the police station we’ll have to call them anyway to get to dispatch.”

So… yeah. I guess I’ll be calling 911 a bunch in the near future, and hoping I don’t get yelled at if the offender decides to take the hint and pull out of the bike lane and into the night, leaving me standing there holding the phone, so to speak.

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4 Responses to “What the police will say if you’re ALMOST run over.”

  1. Danimal Says:

    Sounds awesome. Wow… Let’s try it for a few runs and see if they respond. Hopefully they will. As much of an anarchist as I am, my politics are ultimately speculative. I am split-minded and do enjoy when the system works. We must make the best of our surroundings and use whatever tools we have, y’know? If they the cops don’t respond, then hell we’ve already talked about backup plans.

  2. Danimal Says:

    It would probably also be prudent to talk to the tow companies themselves, not to request a tow, but to ask about who requests tows in legal situations and then follow up the chain of command. Although it sounds like you already got an answer… was he speaking specifically about cases of illegal parking and the like?

  3. dm1234 Says:

    There is a police officer that usually goes to the Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee meetings. He may have some ideas on how to address the situation. If you are interested, the next meeting is on Monday at 7pm at Devotion School.

  4. grimlocke Says:

    Wow, that’s great info. I’ll definitely try to stop in to that meeting. Thanks!

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