Triple-0 emergency call being used for ordering taxis Down Under!

December 30th, 2008 - 6:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Dec 30 (ANI): The triple-0 phone number, used for emergency responses in Queensland, is being seen as a means of help for other situations also, with people calling for a recipe for roast chicken, for ordering a taxi and for airing their complaints.

Up to 60 per cent of the calls are being made from mobile phones, as the emergency number is toll free, say police.

A man whose mobile phone was out of credit and was late to meet his girlfriend rang triple-0 asking someone to call his girlfriend for him, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted operations support command Superintendent Brian Codd as saying.

Up to 60 per cent of triple-0 calls are now received from mobile phones.

People are aware this is a free number they can call even when they don”t have any credit, Codd said.

He said people should dial the emergency number only for life-threatening, time-critical emergencies, and not to clog up the lines, as there could be others who require an immediate or urgent response.

With as many as 5000 triple-0 calls a week and as many as 95 per cent of these calls for non-emergency reasons, police communications say that they unnecessarily test the capacity to respond to genuine emergencies.

People also ring about minor non-injury traffic crashes, which could simply be handled by drivers exchanging details, Codd said.

We appeal to people to use common sense and leave the triple-0 lines open for real emergencies, he added. (ANI)

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