Call boxes can be used to alert emergency responders about medical emergencies, police matters, tow service matters (stalled vehicles, running out of gas, etc.) and car accidents. A recent editorial on the emergency call boxes says legislators should resist the urge to save less than two cents per taxpayer annually by eliminating the boxes. The prospect of getting medical attention to those who need it — motorists injured in car or truck accidents or who are suffering health problems — outweighs the meager savings, the editorial states.
Sure, most people today have cellphones, but not all do. And sure, cellphones are usually reliable, but batteries run out and phones malfunction and sometimes cell towers go down, the Times Leader points out. While the Wilkes-Barre paper says it ordinarily urges lawmakers to cut government spending, the $200,000 the state spends on the 1,000 call boxes is tax money well spent, it argues.
Emergency call box use has plummeted in recent years, dropping from 18,571 in 2000 to just 1,717 in 2012. But the editorial writers at the paper say the numbers of stranded, ill or injured travelers justifies the expenditure.
After the ambulance has arrived and injured drivers and passengers get the medical help they need, they can make another call for a different form of assistance. A skilled attorney experienced in auto accident injury cases can help you get the compensation you deserve.