Texas Drivers Can Get Free Towing From a Phone Number on the Backs of Their Drivers LicensesFiction!

 

 

Summary of eRumor:
The author of this email has discovered an important phone number on the back of Texas drivers licenses that can be used for getting help if you face a roadside emergency…including free towing at taxpayer’s expense.
 

The Truth:


The number is legit, but not for free services.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the toll-free number 800 525-5555 can be used for reporting accidents, requesting roadside assistance and is also for reporting drug activities.  Not for free towing, however.

The number is used in similar ways in many other states including Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Montana.

updated 07/18/12

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:


 Subject: Driver’s License information- important!

 Some people may not know this, but please the following information.

 It has had very little publicity. Texas drivers licenses have this number
 in small print on the back just above the bar code.

 1-800-525-5555

 It is for assistance on the highway. A service truck will be sent to you.
 This is run by the state and paid for with your taxes.
 Whip out your drivers licenses and take a look………

 This is a good thing for single girls to know…

 PASS THIS AROUND TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS……
 THIS WOULD ALSO BE GOOD FOR THE ELDER PEOPLE TO KNOW…
 HAVE A GOOD DAY