One must yield a phone line to a person if it is an emergency.

2C:40-2. Refusing to yield a party line

A person is guilty of a disorderly persons offense when, being informed that a party line is needed for an emergency call, he refuses immediately to relinquish such line.

“Party line” means a subscriber’s line telephone circuit, consisting of two or more main telephone stations connected therewith, each station with a distinctive ring or telephone number. “Emergency call” means a telephone call to a police or fire department or for medical aid or ambulance service, necessitated by a situation in which human life or property is in jeopardy and prompt summoning of aid is essential.

L.1978, c. 95, s. 2C:40-2, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.

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