Snyder signs law targeting bogus emergency calls - KMSP-TV

Snyder signs law targeting bogus emergency calls

Posted: Updated:

By Robin Schwartz
FOX 2 News Detroit


TRENTON, Mich. -- Trenton Fire rolled on an emergency call Monday a short time after Governor Rick Snyder signed two bills into law designed to prevent fake 911 calls.

The governor did the honors at the Trenton Fire Department with first responders looking on.

"I view this as just good, solid, common sense legislation to say there should be a penalty for a false claim.  There should be consequences," said Snyder.

The law creates new felonies and allows local governments to be reimbursed for the cost of bogus runs, which can add up to thousands of dollars.

Trenton's fire chief couldn't give us specific numbers, but he said false calls tend to happen more often during the school year and they're a waste of precious resources, especially in these times of tight budgets and staffing cuts.

"When a call's called into us now, we empty out our entire station.  So if it is a false call, there's nobody left back to protect the citizens," said Trenton Fire Chief Bruce Vick.

"People need to realize that when they place an emergency call for our services, these officers, they jump in their car, or these firemen, they jump in their rigs, their ambulances or their fire trucks, and they're risking their life on the way to that call," said Steve Voss from the Trenton Police Department.

The governor said the legislation is needed because of an alarming new trend where phony calls, which are difficult to trace, are made over the Internet.

"There's actually a term they use, which is a very troubling term.  They call it SWATing where literally they try to make a call where they call out the SWAT team," Snyder explained.

Under the new law, culprits can now face hefty fines and jail time for bogus reports.  If someone's killed during an emergency response, it's a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in jail.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • General Motors profit declines 85% in 2Q

    General Motors profit declines 85% in 2Q

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:43:10 GMT
     General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
     General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
  • Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:48:56 GMT
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
  • Rehabilitation grants available for auction homes

    Rehabilitation grants available for auction homes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:45:20 GMT
    Homes eligible for $25,000 in forgivable rehabilitation grants are going on sale in a west side Detroit neighborhood. An online auction by the city's Land Bank Authority begins Thursday for eight houses in the Marygrove area.
    Homes eligible for $25,000 in forgivable rehabilitation grants are going on sale in a west side Detroit neighborhood. An online auction by the city's Land Bank Authority begins Thursday for eight houses in the Marygrove area.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices