On my drive home on 280 tonight, I passed by a car crashed against the median. “I should call highway patrol,” I thought, followed by, “I’m sure someone else has already called.”
But what if everyone thought that? What’s the harm of a couple duplicate reports?
I called 911.
I didn’t see the interface in detail. I think my phone said something about gathering location.
When the operator answered, she immediately asked if I was calling to report a crash on 280.
I gathered that many people had already called. But instead of feeling like my efforts were a waste, I felt good about the world, because every person who called did what they felt was right, and actively contributed.