New tech to the rescue after influx of 911 butt dials from Kings Island
Warren County, Ohio is using new 911 screening technology after receiving an influx of accidental emergency calls from Kings Island visitors.
In the Mason amusement park's opening weekend alone, the Warren County Communication Center received 15 hang-up 911 calls and 128 calls that were silent, Warren County Emergency Management Agency Director Melissa Bour said.
Many smartphones have an emergency call feature that will automatically dial 911 if the side or volume buttons are held for a few seconds. Accidental 911 calls can happen when amusement park visitors put their phones in their pockets and go on rides.