Mexico’s new 911 emergency number began operating in 16 states this month. President Enrique Peña Nieto made the announcement on Twitter and said the service will help “address medical, security and civil protection emergencies.”
Peña Nieto first proposed introducing a 911 emergency service in December 2014 as part of a broader national security strategy. But some analysts think pranksters will become one of the biggest challenges to the new emergency call system. Government stats reveal that during the first semester of 2016, Mexico’s other emergency services received almost 59 million emergency calls and about 90% of them were fake.
And the Mexican internet is already mocking the new emergency number through a new flurry of memes: