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(a) No person shall willfully refuse immediately to yield or relinquish the use of a party line to another person for the purpose of permitting such other person to report a fire or summon law enforcement agencies, ambulance service, medical or other aid in case of emergency.
(b) No person shall ask for or request the use of a party line on the pretext that an emergency exists, knowing that no emergency exists.
(c) As used in this section:
(1) “Party line” means a subscriber's line telephone circuit to which two or more main telephone stations are connected, each station having a distinctive ring or telephone number.
(2) “Emergency” means a situation in which property or human life is in jeopardy and in which prompt summoning of aid is essential.
(ORC 4931.30) (Ord. 1972-1. Passed 1-24-72.)
(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.