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Tuesday, February 19 2019 @ 03:44 PM UTC

The Misuse and Abuse of the 911 System in Panama

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By DON WINNER for - Yesterday it was announced for every 100 calls made to the new Panamanian 911 system for medical emergencies, 98 have been either false alarms or pranks. I guess the administrators of the system failed to anticipate this level of abuse, and only now have they started to fine those making false alarms $100 dollars per call. In my humble opinion I think the fine should be stiffer. By making a prank call to an emergency system, there's the possibility of having ambulance crews out chasing around phantoms when someone else who really needs the service might be bleeding to death in a car crash. The Panamanian government should come down very loudly and very hard on anyone they can catch pulling this crap, and at the same time start a public awareness campaign to educate people who have never had this kind of system before in the country. Really, so far the public's reaction and response to the start of the 911 system has been appalling. Hopefully, this kind of childishness will diminish over time, and the public will begin to understand and appreciate the 911 system. Your comments solicited, and thanks.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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