A canny Scottish copper has sugegsted a premium rate charge for 999 calls and walked into a storm of potest. Whether or not it would deter idiots but at the same time prevent genuine calls is a moot point. Personally I don't imagine somebody would skimp on 50p if they had a real emergency. How many times a week does one dial 999 ??? I run a mobile homewatch scheme and even then I probably only resort to it half a dozen times a year .
Because the premium rate idea is so controversial we should instead levy a fixed penalty on people abusing the system , say £10 .With the exception of a call box you can trace the phone oweer quite easily. It is so simple it's brilliant.....
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