If someone were parked on the side of the road with car problems, would you stop to help or just keep driving?
KAKE News pretended our car broke down on the side of the road. We want to see how many people call 911 or stop to help us out. Does it matter if the person stranded is a man or a woman?
There are some things you can do so you can be compassionate and stay safe.
Our woman intern is playing the role of our stranded driver. She pulls over on the shoulder of the road and pops the hood.
It only takes a few seconds for someone to stop and offer help.
One man after another pulls over gets out of the car and approaches the intern to help without hesitation.
But, what would happen if our stranded motorist were a man? KAKE TV waits and waits as people just drive by. It took 15 minutes for someone to finally stop.
When our woman intern was stranded it only took a few seconds.
Lt. Hassan Ramzah says it doesn't matter if it's a woman or man or if the person looks kind, you shouldn't stop. The way to be compassionate and safe is to drive by and contact the police with the location of the stranded motorist. If you don't have a cell phone, go to the nearest pay phone. Lt. Ramzah has seen many times where people fall victim to those who pretend to need help.
We checked with police dispatch and during the two hours we shot this story no one called 911 to report there was a stranded motorist, and as reminder police say this is the safest way to lend a helping hand.
If you see someone stranded on the highway you can call Star 47 for the Kansas Highway Patrol.