Man called 911 asking for ride home

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A Simcoe man called 911 in the early hours of Feb. 21 looking for a ride home.

Just before 2:30 a.m., a call was answered at the OPP Communications Centre in London. On the phone was a man in Simcoe looking for police to give him a ride home after being released from the hospital.

Officers contacted the man and instructed him to call a local cab company.

It takes at least two officers about 30 minutes on average to respond, investigate and clear the call. This puts enormous pressure on OPP resources when officers respond to unnecessary calls that can be prevented, police say.

“The use of 911 for emergency response continues to save lives when used appropriately and the OPP want those who need urgent help to use 911,” said a press release sent out by Const. Ed Sanchuk. “Please do not call 911 about a power outage or to inquire about road conditions or if you have a sick raccoon on your property, to order food or if you need a ride home.”

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