Help is Just a Phone Call Away
Date Added: Feb. 3, 2002
The government won't tell you. The media won't tell you. But, this anonymously authored and randomly forwarded e-mail will give you the scoop on a free service you probably didn't know was available. As with most e-rumors, this one isn't entirely true.
Something all Texas women should know... especially since this has received very little publicity. Your Texas drivers license has a phone number in small print on the back, just above the bar code: 1-800-525-5555. This number can be called for emergency assistance on the highway or wherever you might have trouble while in your car. A service truck will be sent to you. This service is state operated, paid for with your tax dollars(most likely there are some costs that we would have to pay our of our pockets). If you are ever stranded, just call the number on your driver licenses... help is on the way.
This chain letter has been questioned by many because of its resemblance to urban legends: It targets a segment of the population (women) for being more at risk an implies that 'the powers that be' don't want you to know about it.
But in this case, it's true... well, mostly.
Texas motorists can call 1-800-525-5555 for roadside assistance (as well as to report an accident or suspected drug activity). But the tow truck won't be free. Service calls are made at the driver's expense and are not paid for with tax dollars. The hotline merely connects you to services. Similar services are available in Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Ohio.
Don't cancel your AAA membership just yet. Break this Chain!
References: Snopes.com, TruthOrFiction.com