Spokane, Wash., ordinance levies jail time for chronic 9-1-1 abusers

An ordinance approved by the city council of Spokane, Wash., allows a punishment of up to three months in jail for calling 9-1-1 for nonemergencies. Officials said enforcement would only occur in cases where there is chronic or extreme abuse of the 9-1-1 system and advised people to continue to report suspicious activity and call if they are in doubt about whether an emergency response is needed.

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