Washington Police gets new police siren to help with traffic problems

November 14th, 2007 - 3:02 am ICT by admin  
The city is buying the Rumblers at the behest of Chief Cathy L. Lanier, who said she wanted officers to have the newest technology, as it would improve their safety and reduce the trouble that they face in getting traffic to clear.

Known as the ‘Rumbler’, this police siren aims at grabbing people’s attention and getting them to make room for officers responding to emergencies, helping police navigate through traffic faster and safer.

With a pair of high-output woofers and an amplifier, the Rumbler is not louder than a regular siren. It gets its message across with low-frequency sound waves that shake everything, including rear-view mirrors. In fact, people can feel it from about 200 feet away.

“You know when it is coming up behind you,” said Schneider, one of the few dozen D.C. officers who are using the department’s newest sirens. “It vibrates everything,” he adds.

“The Rumbler is meant to be used judiciously, in situations where motorists should pull over to make way for the police. It is timed to turn off automatically after 10 seconds.” said Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes.

But according to some police officials, many people might be startled when they first experience this high tech device. It remains to be seen if the public will view all that shaking as a helpful warning or just a nuisance.

Police in Washington D.C. have 49 cars equipped with the Rumblers, spread across the city. The Rumbler is part of a lights-and-sirens package the department is phasing in over several years as it gets new cars and retires old ones. In about four years, all of the department’s 767 marked patrol cars are likely to have them. (ANI)

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