Bill Stops “Hogging” of Party Lines for Fire Calls

Issue 5 and Volume 107.

Bill Stops “Hogging” of Party Lines for Fire Calls Having in mind the disastrous results of telephone party line subscribers “hogging” the phone when someone is trying to put through an emergency call for fire or other services, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York State has signed a bill making it a misdemeanor for any such interference. The Bill is known as An Act to amend the penal law, in relation to malicious obstruction of emergency telephone calls, and it adds a new Section to the penal law of the State known as 1424-a to read as follows: Party Line: Refusal to yield in emergency. Any person who shall wilfully refuse to immediately relinquish a party line when informed that such line is needed for an emergency call to a fire department or police department or for medical aid or ambulance service, or any person who shall secure the…

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