Listen up, Barrington. You did not make Barrington’s police chief a happy camper during and in the aftermath of the Blizzard of ’13 last weekend.
Scores of calls made to 911 over the weekend were not emergencies, said Police Chief John LaCross. They were calls from people asking when the power was coming back on.
“We know people were anxious," he said. "But we never know. National Grid does not tell us. They are always non-committal.”
Those calls, thus, tie up the emergency line.
Compounding the issue was the fact that the non-emergency phone line was knocked out by the power outage, he said. So people were using the emergency number.
Please don’t call the police and tie up the emergency line with a question the dispatchers simply can’t answer, he said.
Then there was the issue of Barrington parents parking their cars along unplowed Washington Road so their children could go sledding on Suicide Hill at Rhode Island Country Club.
“The plow had to wait because of all the cars parking on the shoulder,” he said. "It was a mess."
Plow drivers don’t have time to wait for people to move their cars, LaCross said. The plow went somewhere else and then had to come back, wasting time.
“Wait until the street is plowed," LaCross said.