SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane City Council wants people to stop abusing the 911 emergency system.
The council this week outlawed dialing 911 for anything other than to report a situation that requires prompt service to protect human life or health or property.
Violators could reportedly be jailed for up to three months.
Officials said they planned to enforce the law only in cases involving extreme abuse and predict it may only affect a couple of people a year.
The law is aimed at people who make dozens of calls to 911, in cases where there is no emergency. For instance, one caller requested a turkey recipe. Another made dozens of calls and threatened to continue until police revoked his speeding ticket.