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09-18-09, 02:45 PM #1
Bogus 911 call? That'll be $200
Wonder how many of these are butt-dials.
Dialing 911? That'll Be $200, Please
Vallejo, Calif. to charge for bogus emergency calls
If you dial 911 and then change your mind, the city of Vallejo, Calif. will soon charge you $200.
Admittedly, the city is strapped for cash. Vallejo filed for bankruptcy last year. But are people calling an emergency number really the best source of funds?
City officials say the fee is necessary to stop the cost of sending out police officers on bogus calls, the Vallejo Times-Herald reports. When people call 911, hang up, and don't respond to dispatchers calling them back, two officers must respond.
That happens 4,000 to 5,000 times a year, adding up to a tab of $2 million. Only 3 percent of the hangup calls are actual emergencies.
911 dialers who answered dispatchers' return calls and explained their mistake wouldn't be charged the new fee, which the city council will vote on in a few weeks.
"Obviously, there's that many pepole that don't think it's convenient to pick up the phone and say it's no problem," Lt. Abel Tenorio, a spokesman for the Vallejo police, told the Times-Herald. "This might make them think twice."
Misusing 911 lines is a violation of California state law, but the fee is a new measure against 911 abuse.
It's part of a trend of local governments trying to grapple with 911 costs. In June, Tracy, Calif., instituted a $48/year "membership" for residents who call 911 for medical emergencies.
Remember when we used to call money paid to government for essential services "taxes"?
09-18-09, 10:23 PM #2
I'm familiar with Vallejo. They are trying anything they can think of to raise funds. They went from about 12 homicide detectives down to 1 in the last year. Even if this passes I don't see much of the shithead 911 callers in Vallejo paying it anyways. One only need drive through certain sections of that city to see how much social programs and such have gotten us.'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
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09-19-09, 12:37 AM #3
But even if they answer on call back and say everything is fine, and thus don't get charged, the dept still has to send officers there to make sure its ok. So the policy doesn't really change anything on the police end of things. It really is merely a money making attempt. It has nothing to do with police efficiency.CHIRP! CHIRP!
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