If you have ever called 911 from your Cell Phone you know more times than not the line just rings and rings, or you’re on hold for a very long time. What is wrong with the operators on the other end of the line?????
Nothing. The problem is not with the folks answering the phones. It is with the people calling. On top of the problem we talked about a while back about too many people calling in the same accident, a whole lot of callers are just abusing the system.
A lot of callers call in for directions,
weather reports, or road service. Some
of you folks even call
911 to find out what time it is!
Stop doing it. You are killing people!
Come on... Killing People? a little over
the top, don't you think? No, it's
not. In the event of a real
accident with extremely serious injuries, every second counts. So, when calling 911 for a real emergency, all those other
calls can end up killing someone.
Here in Los Angeles, the city has
started running commercials advising people not to call 911 for non-life
threatening emergencies. The city
has even made an easy toll free number available.
It's 1-877 Ask LAPD. Find
out if your city has the same thing.
Need to know the time?
From anywhere in the United States it is
853-1212. It works in any area
Pick up your local phone book. To find
the phone number for weather information, check your telephone directory under
"United States Government, Commerce Department, National Weather
Road and driving conditions?
Got that to. In California and the Reno,
Lake Tahoe area, try this toll free 800 service, 1-800-427-ROAD
service is available free from any touch-tone phone, cellular phone or pay
phone. All other areas outside of California you can dial 916-445-7623 to reach
the same service. Not in
California? Most other States have
the same information. Just explore
the links below to find your State.
No shortage of mapping sites on the Internet. So, print out directions before you go. Get a Thomas Brothers Map and keep it in your car.
Get lost on a drive? Check
the company that provides you with your Cell phone coverage.
Most of them offer a number you can call for addresses and directions.
Always Getting Lost???
Then get yourself a GPS direction system. A good one will tell you where you are. Where you are going. And
Roadside assistance? Join your local Auto Club, or other Roadside Assistance organization. I belong to the AAA in California. Day or night I have a toll free number to call. I can get a locksmith if I'm locked out of my car. I can get 2 gallons of gas if I run dry. I can be towed up to 100 miles if I break down. All for under $100.00 per year. Yes, there are cheaper plans you can get.
So, stop killing people and act responsibly.
If you’re just one of those none thinking folks... Write yourself a big
note and stick it on your dash board. Also
see the story called "I'm Still An Idiot" in this month’s issue.
For Weather Information:
For Road Conditions:http://www.dot.state.tx.us/othrtran/statemp.htm
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