Merida, Yucatán — State congress is hoping to pass a law that will allow Emergency 911 pranksters to be fined.
During their Wednesday session, members of congress agree that they need to put a stop to the false calls and jokes being made to the emergency service number, adding that during 2018, Emergency 911 received 893,192 calls in the state of Yucatán, of which 737,821 were considered inappropriate due to being jokes or non-related facts.
In the last session, the deputy of the PRI, Luis Borjas Romero, presented an initiative that proposes sanctions to those who make irresponsible use of the 911 emergency number.
The legislator stated that he intends to stop the bad practice of those who use the number for jokes or hindering the service, noting that in the time it takes to tend to a false call, a delay to a real emergency could be generated.
Council has proposed an extensive fine of a yet undetermined amount, to be imposed on those misusing the system saying “the user of a telephone line or technological instruments that makes calls to telephone emergency systems to give a false warning alert, request for help, assistance or any other situation that generates mobilization or presence of the body of firefighters, emergency personnel, civil protection or elements of public safety, will be punished with a fine of 50 to 100 Units of Measurement and Update or with arrest from 24 to 36 hours”.
There is no word yet on if the proposal will be passed.