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Yeah, I promise you that the Police Dept does not endorse calling 911 for someone smoking... Im sure that Omaha has a non-emergency number to call instead of 911 for non life-threatening emergencies. Here it is a big campaign going on to try to keep the 911 lines free for people who need them.
 

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Yeah, I promise you that the Police Dept does not endorse calling 911 for someone smoking... Im sure that Omaha has a non-emergency number to call instead of 911 for non life-threatening emergencies. Here it is a big campaign going on to try to keep the 911 lines free for people who need them.
Yep this had me steamed this morning. Not only do I agree that the actual officers doing the work are not supportive of using 911 for this, it might cost someone thier life :crap:
 

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The smoking violation would come in as a "Priority 3" call, which is low on the emergency chain. That means police officers will respond when they have time, possibly taking an hour or more. Similar calls include accidents where no one is injured.
so someone smoking in bar is on the same level as an accident? boy I'm glad I don't live out there. There's been a smoking ban in MA for years now and I can't ever recall hearing anything about calling the cops cause someone was smoking in public.
 

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Yep this had me steamed this morning. Not only do I agree that the actual officers doing the work are not supportive of using 911 for this, it might cost someone thier life :crap:
LTL tried calling 911 just a few nights ago because we were witness to a car crash, and what do you know, 911 was busy.

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LTL tried calling 911 just a few nights ago because we were witness to a car crash, and what do you know, 911 was busy.

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don't get me started . . . I spent 25 minutes on hold waiting for 911 one evening when my neighbor took off half his right hand with his chainsaw. They finally answered while he was in surgery to put his hand back together after I drove him to the hospital (at about 140 mph). They said it was a busy night with lots of complaints about "noise violations" . . .
 

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Contrast that with the folks that called 911 for my Mom (we were on the way to the hospital and stopped when we saw some folks) Not only did they get through Mom survived a very close and major heart attack. This was due to the boss figuring Mom needed to do a LOT of work on fixing a wayward sheep, quick action by the strangers when I hollered to call (thank you), a responsive 911, excellant and quick ambulance crew, and great work at the hospital. Some :asshat: calling about a smoker would likely have resulted in her death. People that casually call 911 are either evil or totally ignorant and self absorbed.
 

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I have to call 911 a lot for work to ensure that telephones are routing to the correct 911 center (PSAP), and that the right numbers and addresses are showing up. I always try to call during the day during light call volume, and make the call as quick as possible to ensure the dispatchers were free. If it wasn't a legal requirement, I wouldn't do it at all.
 

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I have to call 911 a lot for work to ensure that telephones are routing to the correct 911 center (PSAP), and that the right numbers and addresses are showing up. I always try to call during the day during light call volume, and make the call as quick as possible to ensure the dispatchers were free. If it wasn't a legal requirement, I wouldn't do it at all.

but thats a valuable service you're providing. if the call is being sent to the wrong center its just gonna make the response time longer.
 

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I have to call 911 a lot for work to ensure that telephones are routing to the correct 911 center (PSAP), and that the right numbers and addresses are showing up. I always try to call during the day during light call volume, and make the call as quick as possible to ensure the dispatchers were free. If it wasn't a legal requirement, I wouldn't do it at all.
:rotfl: Trying to assuage your guilty conscience or something?
 

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It is faster in la to use the non-emerencey line than 911. i spent 30 min on the side of the highway waiting for them to answer. It's on speed dial now.

The whole smoking ban thing is out of hand. I agree not in bars and enclosed buildings but not on the streats like some places.
 

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The whole smoking ban thing is out of hand. I agree not in bars and enclosed buildings but not on the streats like some places.
I think it should be entirely up to the business owners. Let the fre market shake it out.
If you don't like sitting in a smoke filled room, don't patronize the business. If the business wants a place for smokers, let them.
Simple, easy.
The advertising ban is a violation of the First Amendment as well.
 

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We have a state-wide ban coming up in the November election and I am as conflicted as can be. I despise government intervention in my or anyone else's private life. I will defend a person's right to ride without a helmet, but I think he is an idiot for doing so. The same goes for smoking.

I hate smoking, and I think smokers are among the dumbest people our country has to offer. It is a detestable habit, and I would love to see it go the way of the pasenger pidgeon. But I dont' want to see the government cause its demise.

That said, we all pay as a society for the sicknesses and cancers caused by smoking, and we can suffer those even if we are not the ones actively using the cigarettes. I therefore do think we have the right as a society to regulate those activities, just as some societies (i.e. states) have enacted helmet laws to keep their more mentally challenged members from harming themselves and incurring extra medical costs.

That, and cigarettes belong in bars for gosh sakes. They just don't seem like bars to me without the pall. I suspect it won't matter what I think, I voted to let smoking back into bars (belongs there dammit, just like helmetless squids belong on Harleys) and was defeated by the majority.
 

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We have a state-wide ban coming up in the November election and I am as conflicted as can be. I despise government intervention in my or anyone else's private life. I will defend a person's right to ride without a helmet, but I think he is an idiot for doing so. The same goes for smoking.

I hate smoking, and I think smokers are among the dumbest people our country has to offer. It is a detestable habit, and I would love to see it go the way of the pasenger pidgeon. But I dont' want to see the government cause its demise.

That said, we all pay as a society for the sicknesses and cancers caused by smoking, and we can suffer those even if we are not the ones actively using the cigarettes. I therefore do think we have the right as a society to regulate those activities, just as some societies (i.e. states) have enacted helmet laws to keep their more mentally challenged members from harming themselves and incurring extra medical costs.

That, and cigarettes belong in bars for gosh sakes. They just don't seem like bars to me without the pall. I suspect it won't matter what I think, I voted to let smoking back into bars (belongs there dammit, just like helmetless squids belong on Harleys) and was defeated by the majority.
Maybe the answer is we stop paying for others not give up our freedom ;) This is a case where socialism breeds more socialism
 

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I hate smoking, and I think smokers are among the dumbest people our country has to offer.
Really?
How young are you?
How many people do you know?
We are here only one time. Some people want it to last as long as possible, no matter what the quality is.
Others tend to try to enjoy life in all of its glory, the good and the bad. They want to live it as they choose. And expire whenever the time comes.
Although I do not smoke, I wouldn't be so fascist as to make others stop.
I'm still grasping at straws, trying to believe this is still America.:patriot:
 
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