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At approximately 3:12 p.m., officers checked a vehicle and determined that the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages.
As a result of the investigation, Keith Singer, age 40, of Sudbury, is charged with: driving with over 80 mg of alcohol in blood.
The accused is scheduled to appear in Gore Bay Court on Nov. 19. and it is automatically referred to the police to investigate. All 911 calls, including dropped 911 calls, are treated as if they are life threatening emergencies. The police are then tasked with locating the source of the 911 call and determining if there is, in fact, an emergency.
Although the source of a 911 land-line call is normally traceable with relative ease, cellphone calls are not always so easily tracked. Depending on the strength of your cell signal and several other factors, the police may only be able to pinpoint your location to a certain town, cell tower or radius. Even with the advanced ability to “ping” the location of your cellphone, there are factors that can make this unreliable. The combination of all these elements mean that police can spend hours searching for someone who called 911 by accident and hung-up on the operator. That is time that could be otherwise spent responding to actual emergencies, investigating crimes or patrolling our communities and highways.
Ontario’s unintentional calls have decreased over the last few years, however more work needs to be done. The OPP is launching the #Knowwhentocall campaign this fall to further educate the public on unintentional calls including pocket dials to 9-1-1.
• If you accidentally call 911, do not hang up the phone. Stay on the line and tell the operator what happened. The operator will need to know exactly where you are so the police can verify that the 911 call was accidental.
• Remember that if you call 911 by accident or mistakenly use it in a nonurgent situation, you’re ‘not’ in trouble with the police. However, officers will need to check on you to verify that there is no emergency.
• Lock your cellphone when it is in your pocket or your purse.
• Do not let your children play with your phone. They may inadvertently call 911 and not be able to tell you what they’ve done. Even old cellphones that still have a battery in them are capable of calling 911.
• Educate your children about the use of 911 and that people who are in real danger need emergency services personnel to be available.
“As cellphones become more and more prevalent, the increase in dropped 911 calls has also increased exponentially. What’s most concerning about this trend, is that citizens have the ability to stop it by making simple changes to their behaviour. Things like locking your cellphone, not letting your children play with your phone or taking the time to look up or “google” a non-emergency number for the police can virtually eliminate this issue. The public counts on officers to be available when they really need them, and investigating dropped 911 calls drastically limits that availability,” says Inspector Tyler Sturgeon, East Algoma OPP detachment commander.