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Officials plead for public to curb phone use

July 29, 2008 |  1:03 pm

The California Office of Emergency Services is urging people throughout Southern California to cut back on phone use for now, according to the Associated Press. That means cellphones as well as land line.

Spokesman Kelly Huston says the telephone system has been "maxed out" by people checking on friends and relatives. That, he says, is creating a danger for people who need to call 911 for an emergency.

Some people apparently are dialing 911 for general information about the quake. Huston said people should not do that.

-- Times staff