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A Georgia law could penalize hotels for too many 911 calls

June 13, 2019

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia city could begin penalizing hotels that burden police with an outsized number of calls for help.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a hotel safety ordinance was proposed for Roswell on Tuesday by councilman Mike Palermo.

He says there are just a few hotels in town that burden taxpayers frequent calls for help. The newspaper says most of the calls involved drug use and prostitution.

The proposed bill would punish these hotels by dividing 911 calls by the number of rooms and charging offenders accordingly. A similar act that passed narrowly in Alpharetta last month. It would require a 100-room hotel making 42 calls for police service in a year to hire an off-duty police officer nightly for $90,000 a year.

The law would not penalize medical and fire calls.

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