Contact Us

Who’s Calling 911 In New York City? Butts Are

Cellphone pocket
Brave Heart, Flickr

Just about everybody who has a cellphone has accidentally ”butt” or “pocket”-dialed someone at one time or another. And when this happens you just hope you don’t end up ringing an ex, or your boss at 3 AM.

But it turns out many of these inadvertent calls end up being directed to 911 — somewhere else you really shouldn’t be calling unless you have a real emergency. In fact, in New York City, 38% of all calls to emergency services in 2010 were accidental.

That adds up to an amazing 10,700 mistaken calls to 911 a day. Or close to 4 million a year.

And the problem isn’t just limited to New York. Last year the city of Evanston, Illinois reported 20% of all calls to its 911 service were accidental.

Should something be done to combat this scourge of butt calls, which take up a 911 operator’s valuable time? The only thing we can think of is a ban on concealed cellphones, which certainly wouldn’t fly.

More from AM 1240 KLYQ

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://klyq.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on AM 1240 KLYQ quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on AM 1240 KLYQ quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!