Accidents & Emergencies
A great benefit of cellular
mobile telephones is their use in reporting trouble, according to the California
Highway Patrol (CHP) and other police, fire and emergency response agencies. To
warrant mobile phone handling, authorities say that an incident is considered an
emergency if it requires immediate action.
Mobile phone numbers for
reporting emergencies vary by state, region and city. Motorists should obtain
numbers for their localities and keep them at hand for quick calling in event of
A motorist who has a cellular
phone and happens upon an emergency should be prepared to give specific
information to the agency called. Most dispatchers will ask for facts but it is
best if motorists have ready the following details:
Location of the
emergency: road name or number, city, closest cross street or off-ramp, milepost
or other identifier, direction of travel, and any distinguishing landmarks
Nature of the
emergency: crash, reckless or suspected drinking driver, traffic hazard, medical
emergency, fire, crime in progress, etc.
In every instance, the dispatcher
will ask for the caller's name, mobile phone number, and home and work phone
numbers in case more information is needed. Important: A caller should stay on
the line until the dispatcher says he or she has enough information to be able
to send help.
It is almost impossible to
provide accurate information and drive safely at the same time. Pull over, turn
on your hazard lights (flashers) and stop.