Clearly this is a thing that happens because just look at those numbers, but I can’t figure out how. I got my first cell phone in the year 2000, and the number of times I’ve managed to call anybody let alone 911 by accident that way in the 19 years since is 0. And in that same time I think I’ve been on the receiving end of maybe two of those calls, so I’m not sure what’s going on here. Are my friends, family and I that much smarter than the average person (no) or have people just gotten more careless?
And what’s the deal with the bit about office phones? Admittedly I haven’t had to use one in a while, but since when did the 9 you dial to get an outside line have an impact on the number you’re trying to call? Or are they saying that people are dialing 9 when they don’t have to? And if that is what they’re saying, why has this not historically been an issue? What is it that’s making something as simple as a telephone suddenly so difficult?
all 1,965 calls required an officer to be dispatched, only to end up educating the phone user.
Wellington County OPP has had a total of 7,417 high-priority calls so far this year, meaning about 26 per cent of those were accidental.
OPP said each accidental call, where a dispatcher can’t determine what’s wrong or speak to someone, requires a cruiser and two officers to resolve it.
Accidental calls are a result of people playing their phone in a cup holder or their pocket, or dialling international numbers from office phones (hitting 9 and then 1).