Posted: Apr 16, 2014 6:34 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Apr 16, 2014 6:51 PM
PORT ALLEN - Emergency dispatchers say toddlers are the biggest culprits of bogus 911 calls.
At the West Baton Rouge Dispatch Center, dispatchers say more than half of the calls they get are non emergency calls from kids with deactivated cell phones. All cell phones can make emergency calls, even when they're deactivated.
The call cannot be returned, and locating the phone is more difficult. Often, dispatchers only have the location of the tower where the phone call was transmitted. This makes it difficult for dispatchers and responders to find the caller.
"When you're working other calls that are valid calls and then this continues to happen like the other day with those 41 calls in a row and we had several emergencies working. It gets frustrating because you want to get it stopped but then it's finding out where it's coming from. That takes a little process," says Brian Doiron, WBR Dispatch Coordinator.
The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office asks parents to take the batteries out of old cell phones, if they are allowing kids to play with them.