State law allows “Next Generation 911” to cover all emergency contact

State law allows “Next Generation 911” to cover all emergency contact
A new law will now transfer the state of Arkansas to emergency to "Next Generation 911" to cover all types of an emergency contact.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) -A new law will now transfer the state of Arkansas to emergency to "Next Generation 911" to cover all types of an emergency contact.

According to a report from NBC affiliate KARK, Gary Harris had to call 911 four times before being connected to the right agency.

This came after Harris attempted to call the Little Rock agency to report a stolen computer out of his car.

“When I finally got somebody, I said, 'I could bleed to death out here,” Harris said.

According to Randall Berry, Grant County 911 Coordinator, the office couldn’t transfer Harris’ call to Pulaski County or Arkansas State Police because neither have the infrastructure in place to receive it.

But now the state legislature passed a new law that will upgrade and expand the state’s 911 system.

To pay for the upgrade, the state will increase a phone tax by 30% per month for each device that will include tablets and other cellular devices used.

Prepaid cell phones will also receive a ten percent tax.

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