The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says they're receiving so many accidental 911 calls they are asking parents to not let children play with cellphones, including phones that no longer have service.
Dispatch says while a cell phone may no longer have cell service, if the phone has a working battery it still has the ability to call 911.
The Sheriff's Office says recently it was discovered a child was the source of over 100 false 911 calls, including one where he reported a shooting was taking place at a Lincoln County business prompting an active shooter response from several law enforcement agencies.
The Department says children are not the only ones to blame. They say a great number of 911 calls are also attributed to “pocket dialing”.
In 2002, the department says they received 584 nuisance 911 calls, which averages 1.6 a day. The number has now soared, with the department reporting 1,619 in 2012 or 4.4 per day.
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