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NCJ Number: 68316 Find in a Library
Title: STATUS OF LEGISLATION CONCERNING 911 - THE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER WITH A SUGGESTED 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER ACT WITH SUPPORTING ANALYSIS
Corporate Author: US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
United States of America

National Telecommunications and Information Admin
US Dept of Commerce
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Telecommunications and Information Admin
Washington, DC 20230
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Publication Number: DOT HS 804 341
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE STATUS OF STATE LEGISLATION FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 911 AS THE UNIVERSAL EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER IN JULY 1979 IS REVIEWED, AND A MODEL ACT IS PRESENTED FOR FUTURE LEGISLATION.
Abstract: OFFICIAL INTEREST IN ESTABLISHING THE UNIVERSAL NUMBER STEMS PRIMARILY FROM A 1967 RECOMMENDATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE. THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THAT A SINGLE NUMBER SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED FOR REPORTING EMERGENCIES TO THE POLICE. IN 1979 ABOUT 26 PERCENT OF THE U.S. POPULATION HAD 911 SERVICE, AND CALIFORNIA, LOUISIANA, ILLINOIS, WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, AND MASSACHUSETTS HAD ENACTED 911 LEGISLATION. SIX STATES HAD LEGISLATION THAT MANDATED IMPLEMENTATION OF 911 SERVICE BY A GIVEN DATE; TWO MANDATED PLANNING ONLY; AND ONE DID NEITHER. ALTHOUGH SEVERAL STATES HAD MORE THAN HALF THEIR POPULATIONS SERVED BY 911 SYSTEMS, NO STATE HAD ACHIEVED TOTAL COVERAGE. IN ORDER TO ASSIST STATES IN DEVELOPING LEGISLATION, A SUGGESTED '911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE ACT' IS INCLUDED. THE ACT CALLS FOR 911 PLANNING AT STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS, PLACES RESPONSIBILITY FOR 911 IMPLEMENTATION IN A 'COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION' AT THE STATE LEVEL, DEALS WITH JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARY PROBLEMS, AND ADDRESSES POSSIBLE FUNDING METHODS. FOOTNOTES WITH REFERENCES AND A STATE-BY-STATE REVIEW ARE PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED).
Index Term(s): National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Nine-one-one (911) emergency telephone number; State laws; State-by-state analyses
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