911 Butt Dials Rising

December 2, 2011 by staff 

911 Butt Dials Rising, If you’ve ever received a call because someone you know “butt-dialed” you, you know how annoying it can be. But when someone “butt-dials” 911, it’s not just an inconvenience, it’s a public safety issue.

Officials in Evanston, Illinois say that nearly 20 percent of the wireless calls they get each month are “unintentional” or “abandoned” calls; and they believe the vast majority of those unintentional cell phone calls are butt dials.

Emergency workers said those kinds of calls waste valuable time and could put people at risk.

About 500 times each month, someone mistakenly dials the Evanston 911 center from their cell phone and that’s only part of the story.

“I don’t think the public realizes how often this happens,” Evanston 911 Coordinator Perry Polinski said.

He said about 90 percent of those unintentional calls are the result of someone fumbling around in their purse or sitting on their cell phone and accidentally speed dialing 911.

“When you consider the number of these types of calls that we receive, it really taxes our resources,” Polinski said. Operators have to stay on the line until

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