Governor Charges Committee to Look at Wireless Calls to 911

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Governor Blunt wants a legislative committee to look at how Emergency 911 centers around the state can better respond to calls for help from cellular phones.

If you make a 911 call on a traditional phone, computers will show dispatchers who's calling and their address. But most counties aren't able to get such information on a wireless call, forcing dispatchers to ask for more information.

The committee will gather information on county systems, ways to expand coverage and how to identify the location of wireless calls.

Cape Girardeau County 911 director Dave Hitt says he hopes the committee's work leads to a mapping system for wireless coverage. He says it's inevitable that state residents will have to pay higher taxes to upgrade emergency systems to pinpoint wireless calls.

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