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Is there a law against abuse of the 911 system for nonemergency ambulance calls?

Ken Little

It's against the law to call an ambulance when one isn't needed. (StarNews file photo)

There are laws that apply specifically to calling 911 when there is no emergency, said Ben David, district attorney of New Hanover and Pender counties.

David cited a state law he deemed most relevant to the reader’s question: 14-286.1, Making a False Ambulance Request.

According to that law, “It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully summon an ambulance or willfully report that an ambulance is needed when such person does not have good cause to believe that the services of an ambulance are needed.”

Anyone convicted of willfully violating the law is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.

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