Texting 911 now an option in one Ohio county

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Texting while driving is against the law in Ohio, but some emergency officials say some texts could mean the difference between life and death.

Hamilton County is trying out a new emergency system that will read text messages and then dispatch first responders.

It’s only to be used in emergencies, like when someone may need help but are afraid they’ll be heard calling 911. “Text 911” is also expected to make emergency communication more accessible for the hearing and speech impaired.

Emergency dispatchers are rolling out their system to Verizon Wireless customers first, and it will be added for other carriers as equipment is installed.

The Federal Communications Commissions hopes to make the system widely available to the United States in the future.

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