OHP retiring previous *55 number, becoming secondary 911 call center
Motorists experiencing emergencies on Oklahoma highways will now see quicker response times due to the upgrade
A method of calling for assistance on Oklahoma highways is being retired.
For almost three decades, drivers of Oklahoma’s highways have been able to call *55 for assistance.
The number was previous implemented in 1992 as a cellular service that would, “automatically route the call to the nearest highway patrol field headquarters for assistance. Through updated technology, OHP can now receive transferred 911 calls that will include all the caller’s information, including their contact number and location,” according a news release from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s website.
Motorists will now see quicker response times for crashes and assistance on state highways.
With the removal of signage along highways that displayed *55, motorists can simply call 911 in the event of an emergency and their information will be sent to the appropriate OHP Communications Center.