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Do you think it’s necessary for dispatchers to be able to trace 911 hang-up calls from cell phones?

Asked at Hastings, 1900 W. 23rd St. on March 22, 2005

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Photo of Paul Korb

“I don’t have a problem with it. If you haven’t done anything wrong, then there is nothing to worry about.”

Photo of Debra Clark

“Sure. If it’s an actual emergency they can get them help, and if not, they can catch the person doing it.”

Photo of Brynn Johnson

“I don’t see why that would be a bad thing in the context of 911 calls.”

Photo of Chris Goulter

“Yeah, because if it’s an emergency, they should be able to figure out where you’re calling from.”

Comments

extreme_makeover 9 years, 1 month ago

Here, Janie. I have a new phone for you. "Thanks, Mom!"

Heh heh heh.

H_K_P: I didn't say you HAD to use a land line. Only asked if it might be worth a thought.

The scenario you described made me LOL though.

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Centrist 9 years, 1 month ago

Yep, we need GPS locators in cell phones - ALL problems solved! It would also help parents manage their kids - that's right, manage kids. A novel concept - and long overdue!

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Jayhawk226 9 years, 1 month ago

The "right person" realizes it's a stupid driving mistake and can reasonably accept it as such.

The "wrong person" overreacts and tends to shoot people or attempt to run them down, as if we live in an uncivilized, backwards society.

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consumer1 9 years, 1 month ago

When does one unwittingly cut off the "right person"??

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Jayhawk226 9 years, 1 month ago

Great point Hong Kong...

...and hits home directly!

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Hong_Kong_Phooey 9 years, 1 month ago

Extreme- what if you are not from the area and you're just in town for the weekend. You go out and while driving, you unwittingly "cut off" the wrong person(s). They begin chasing you all over town. Are you really going to risk getting out of your vehicle to find a "hard wired" phone? Are you going to be capable of telling the dispatchers where you are when you're panicking and unfamiliar with the territory?

just a thought...

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extreme_makeover 9 years, 1 month ago

It's good you ask this. I endorse Mr. Korb's answer.

But since there is uncertainty as to IF this "trace" technology works all the time, it makes me think:

If it's an emergency requiring a call to 911, should my first thought be to try to find a 'hard wired' phone to make the call from?

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Jayhawk226 9 years, 1 month ago

If I ever lost my voice but am still capable of making a 911 call...I would sure hope to god the county has the technology necessary to trace/locate me to provide assistance.

I forgot if it was here in the Kansas area or Chicago metropolitan area, that the "so-called tracing technology" did not even work and was unable to initially provide assistance. I think it was for a woman who may have been carjacked or kidnapped--really can't recall.

Either way, large benefit...just hope it actually works!

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Richard Heckler 9 years, 1 month ago

You bet...what if a rapist forced the person to hang up?

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