As far as a complete waste of police time and resources goes, you would be hard-pushed to find a finer example than a male calling 999 because he is stuck in traffic and will
But that is exactly what police staff based at the Essex Police Control Room had to endure recently.
According to their twitter account, a male had called 999 to let them know about a traffic queue which was preventing the caller from getting to work on time.
Many people serving in the emergency services believe that anyone misusing the 999 systems in such a blatant way, should be fined and/or billed hundreds of pounds.
Perhaps then, time-wasting 999 calls such as the one made by this male would be a thing of the past and invaluable time could be saved.
If someone who was in need of life-saving help had of made a 999 call at the same time as this male called to complain about the traffic, then the person in need of genuine help might not have been able to get through to the emergency services.
In many cases, seconds really can mean the difference between life or death.
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