Shelby County Leaders Considering Fine On Non-Emergency 911 Calls

Memphis (AP) -- Shelby County commissioners are considering fining people who call 911 with trivial problems.

The emergency response number is supposed to be for life-threatening situations, but officials say about one-third of the calls fall far short of that definition, things like complaints about loud neighbors, cats up trees and so on.

Commission member Wyatt Bunker used to work as a 911 dispatcher and he says it's time to start fining abusers. He's proposing a $25 first-time fine that would double for second offense.

The fines would apply only outside of the City of Memphis where the county system has jurisdiction.

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