Soaring high: A law means nothing if it's never enforced. Goodhue County adopted a penalty system in 1994 to address chronic false alarms. The law worked initially because people corrected their faulty systems to avoid paying fines.

Thirteen years later, false alarms again are wasting emergency dispatchers' valuable time.

We commend Goodhue County Sheriff Dean Albers for reminding the community that the law exists and for emphatically stating that he will enforce it -- starting in a few weeks.

Citizens expect prompt action when they dial 911. It would be a shame and a tragedy if officers failed respond in time because they were off chasing someone else's a false alarm.