Last Week Tonight: 911 (May 15)

We can’t say we’ve ever really put that much thought into the way that 911 works, which means it’s the perfect segment for Last Week Tonight. John Oliver looked at the various ways that 911 maybe isn’t quite as reliable as we would like to think it is. In fact, even though Domino’s can figure out how to deliver us a pizza to our exact location, such technology is not available to 911 operators. Part of the reason for this is because our cell phone technology has changed faster than 911’s technology – they used to be able to track people by the landlines, but now with cell phones, they’re reliant on cell carriers and things are just not precise. The reason why 911 can’t catch up with that technology is because there is a lack of funding, since money intended for 911 can seemingly be diverted at any time to fund any number of other projects. 

John Oliver might not be able to fix a lot of 911’s biggest issues, but he can at least make a more honest informational video so kids know what to expect when they dial in an emergency. Thanks to some help from Rob Riggle and Wendi McLendon-Covey, we’re sure all the kids will be much better informed – and more terrified. But hey, at least there’s a dalmatian at the end.


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