New York City lawmakers want New Yorkers to have the ability to text an emergency to 911.
The City Council on Thursday is scheduled to introduce a bill that would make that possible.
The Daily News says the bill would require the city Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to issue a report within a year explaining how it planned to launch the “next generation” 911 technology.
The 911 texting also would allow residents to send video and photos from the scene.
Councilman Mark Levine says it would be particularly useful in situations where for reasons of safety or anonymity voice calls are not appropriate.
Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo says it could be used by domestic violence victims who may want help but are afraid to call.