10/05/2010

Phony 911 calls on rise in cell phone era

A Wyo. dispatcher encourages parents to talk to their kids about the importance of using 911 only during emergencies

By Lindsey Erin Kroskob
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — "Pocket dialing," non-emergent and prank calls to the 911 emergency lines at the Laramie County Combined Communication Center increase every year as cell phones become more popular, officials say.

And, they add, tying up those lines with non-emergent calls can take away from those who really need help.

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