New Texas 9-1-1 Law In Effect September 1st
"Kari's Law" goes into effect in Texas this first day of September and is designed to make it easier to call 9-1-1 from any phone.
All businesses will now be required to provide direct access to 9-1-1 without having to dial a "9" to get an outside line. Governor Greg Abbot signed this into law in 2015 making Texas the third state to implement "Kari's Law".
"Kari's Law" came about after Kari Hunt Dunn and her three children stopped at a hotel in Marshal, Texas to visit her estranged husband. He forced her into the bathroom of the hotel and stabbed her to death. Kari's daughter tried to dial 9-1-1 but could not reach them because the phone in the room required her to dial a "9" first to get an outside line. Brad Dunn pleaded guilty to the charges last year and received a 99-year sentence in prison.
Businesses who can not reprogram older phone systems are asked to fill out a waiver that is good for up to one year, and must place a sticker next to all phones explaining how to dial 9-1-1.
Even thought the process was signed into law in Texas, there is currently no enforcement or fines in place if a business does not comply.