What about calling 911 from a cellular phone?

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is encouraging citizens with cellular phones to report drunk or reckless drivers, accidents, or other emergencies by dialing 911. You will be connected directly to CHP dispatch, and the call will be routed to the proper jurisdiction if necessary. The types of calls that CHP considers "emergencies" include:

  • Crimes-in-progress
  • Drunk or reckless driving
  • Fires
  • Medical emergencies
  • Stranded drivers in need of assistance
  • Traffic accidents or other road hazards

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1. When should I call 911?
2. What is considered an “emergency”?
3. What will the dispatcher ask when you call 911?
4. What if I dial 911 by mistake?
5. Are pay phones any different?
6. Should I program my telephone to dial 911?
7. What about calling 911 from a cellular phone?
8. What if I don’t speak English?
9. Why do dispatchers ask so many questions?
10. How are calls prioritized?