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STRANDED DRIVERS PRAISE `PLEASE CALL POLICE' BANNER

Dear Abby: I want you to know how helpful your "Please Call Police" banner was for me. On the Sunday night before Labor Day, at 11 p.m., I was driving home alone after visiting my brother, who lives 12 miles away. One of my tires blew, so I pulled off the main highway, left my outside and inside lights on and displayed my "Please Call Police" banner across the rear window.

I had already made up my mind that I wouldn't get out of the car, even if I had to stay until morning. I waited and waited as the traffic whizzed by. I said a prayer and was no more than finished when up pulled a lady highway patrol officer followed by two police cars from two different areas. Boy, did I get help! One man even changed my tire!I am a firm believer in the power of prayer and know that mine was answered. A truck driver saw the banner. I am ordering two more for friends of mine.

- Ellen Campbell, Hamilton, Ohio Dear Ellen: You are not the only person I heard from on the subject of the usefulness of the "Please Call Police" banners. Read on:

Dear Abby: Recently, my car went dead on a busy highway. Thank the dear Lord I had a "Please Call Police" banner, which I was able to place on my windshield. Within minutes, two police cars came to my rescue. They not only started my car but followed me home to make sure I arrived safely.

I have told this beautiful story to just about everyone I've met, and they all ask me where they can get one. Unfortunately, I misplaced the address, so would you please send me instructions again on how to order these banners? Needless to say, I think that this is absolutely one of the most important items a driver should have in his or her car.

- Jane De Celles, Silver Spring, Md.

And, the ultimate compliment!

RE: PLEASE CALL POLICE Banner: We would like to request two banners for our "Women Alone" program. The program is designed to assist women in prevention of sexual assault. Enclosed is a $10 contribution. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

- J.C. Woolford, constable,

Central Saanich Police Department, Saanichton, B.C. Dear Ellen, Jane and Constable Woolford: Thank you for sharing your experiences so that I can remind others to order the "Please Call Police" banners, which can literally be lifesavers in a roadside emergency.

To order, write to WCIL Banners, P.O. Box 66955, Los Angeles, CA 90066. You will receive one "Please Call Police" banner as a premium for a $5 contribution to WCIL, and another banner with each additional $4 contribution. (Many people want two, one for the windshield and one for the rear window.)

Make your check or money order (U.S. funds only, please) payable to WCIL-Banners. Allow eight weeks for delivery. WCIL - the Westside Center for Independent Living - is a not-for-profit organization that helps disabled people live independently.