Urban Legend Not From Kentucky State Police

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"Trooper Holder at the end of this e-mail I have attached a forward I received from my wife I would appreciate if you could verify its authenticity."

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer, Todd Holder, read aloud one of the 30 Emails he has received daily since an e-mail forward began making the rounds across the country.

"Some way an attachment got attached to one of the e-mails that it was an advisory from the Kentucky State Police," Holder said.

The e-mail, which began circulating in the middle of May, warns readers not to flash their car lights at people driving without their headlights on. It cautions that drivers who do will be killed as part of a gang initiation.

"When you can put a tag on an e-mail that's been forwarded that says Kentucky State Police or any police agency, it legitimizes the e-mail and people start wondering and getting concerned and they call and you can't blame them," Holder said.

Holder says they were getting so many questions about the e-mail they were cutting into their manpower by having to answer them all. To help ease that fear KSP has posted a message on their homepage clarifying that the e-maill is not true.

"When you are talking about e-mail forwarding you are talking about hundreds of calls a week. And we receive approximately 50-100 calls or e-mails at the post and Frankfort was receiving even more than that," Holder said.

Holder says if there is ever a warning concerning the public Kentucky State Police will only contact the media agencies to get the information out. He says that it is against their policy to ever e-mail households.

If you ever have questions about the authenticity of a forward there are several websites you can visit to verify the information.

Some of those are:
www.snopes.com
www.truthorfiction.com
www.scambusters.com

The email read as follows:

WARNING!

DON'T FLASH HEADLIGHTS AT ANY CAR WITH NO LIGHTS ON!!
Police officers working with the DARE program have issued this Warning:
If you are driving after dark and see and on-coming car with no
headlights on, DO NOT FLASH YOUR LIGHTS AT THEM! This is a common Bloods member "initiation game" that goes like this: The new gang member under
initiation drives along with no headlights, and the first car to flash their headlights
at him is now his "target."
He is now required to tu=n around and chase that car, then shoot and kill
every individual =n the vehicle in order to complete his initiation
requirements. Police Depts. across the nation are being warned.
Their intent is to have all the new bloods nationwide drive around on
Friday and Saturday nights with their headlights off. In o=der to be accepted into
the gang, they have to shoot an= kill all individuals in the first auto that does a courtesy flash to warn them that their lights are off.

Make sure you share this information with all the drivers in your family! Please forward this message to all your friends and family members to inform them about this initiation ritual.
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