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Drivers Asked Not to Dial 911 for Non-Emergencies

By Shannon Riddle, Digital & Social Media Producer
Published On: Jun 29 2014 05:54:37 PM AKDT
Updated On: Jun 29 2014 06:26:26 PM AKDT

Phil Whitlatch

ANCHORAGE -

The Anchorage police department released a notice to local drivers asking them not to dial 911 to report construction delays.

"While we've all been there and can appreciate the frustration, please DO NOT call 911 to report construction delays," said APD spokeswoman Dani Myren. "APD Dispatchers are being flooded with 911 calls from upset motorists stuck in traffic."

Traffic delays were experienced by many this afternoon along the Glenn Highway as construction crews worked to repair damages to the roadway, leading to the closure of all but one lane in some areas.

Several webcams are available for public view throughout the Anchorage area, including one at the Glenn Highway Weigh Station. Other resources available for travelers planning ahead include the Department of Transportation's live traffic and construction mapping apps.

Calling 911 for a non-emergency or to give false information is against the law. The penalty in Alaska could be a fine of up to $200,000, or imprisonment up to one year. According to police, fake reporting takes away open phone lines to emergency dispatchers from those in true emergency situations, and may cause harm or death to those unable to reach 911 for assistance.