Thursday, November 15, 2007

New Police Sirens Rumble Through Noisier City

As the city gets noisier, so do emergency vehicles in order to be effectively heard--or, in this case, felt.

Borrowing a page from window-rattling car stereo afficianados, the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department is using a new device to get the attention of motorists. It's a low-frequency "bass" siren, reports the Washington Post.

The "Rumbler" is necessary because "police departments complained that, increasingly, motorists weren't responding to traditional lights and sirens," according to the Post.

And why is that?

"The basic idea is we become more insulated in our vehicles with stereos, iPods and telephones," says one expert quoted in the story. "...Being near it is like standing next to a car that is blaring bass-heavy music."

All 767 marked D.C. police cars will have the device within four years.

Click here for the complete story.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about making/enforcing a law against the noise that the cars are making that keeps them from hearing emergency vehicles. A few expensive tickets would be a great incentive to drivers to keep their music/noise levels at an acceptable level. This would also save a lot of money both in not having to change the police cars, but also people would not need hearing aids at a young age.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is, that the cars are more insulated from outside noise, so it isn't necessarily the loud stereos, etc, so they have to come up with a different system that you can feel as well as hear.

4:36 PM  

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