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(WTSP)   What police cars really need are giant new loud sirens called Howlers. Because the old ones surely weren't loud enough   (bartow.wtsp.com ) divider line
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2012-01-23 09:18:29 AM  
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agrees
 
2012-01-23 09:25:26 AM  
the young men get subwoofers, the cops turn up their siren volume.
the cops turn up their siren volume, the young men get even bigger stereos.

begun, the noise wars have.
 
2012-01-23 09:25:26 AM  
So, basically...

Another thing that cops will have to learn does NOT make them magically seen by all who will then do exactly the right thing and give the right of way...

Have fun with the initial round of lawsuits.
 
2012-01-23 09:40:18 AM  

CapnBlues: the young men get subwoofers, the cops turn up their siren volume.
the cops turn up their siren volume, the young men get even bigger stereos.


Or rip the mufflers out of their car.
 
2012-01-23 09:54:29 AM  
Sheila Tindle, another pedestrian thinks it's a good idea.

As she walked a half mile directly in front of the cop car
 
2012-01-23 10:32:58 AM  
FTA: Becky Stoff, crossing the street as a cruised blasted the Howler, was startled by it.

"It just scared me more than anything," she said."


That's exactly what they want. Terrify the general public. Strike fear in the enemy citizen.
 
2012-01-23 10:41:29 AM  

Godscrack: FTA: Becky Stoff, crossing the street as a cruised blasted the Howler, was startled by it.

"It just scared me more than anything," she said."

That's exactly what they want. Terrify the general public. Strike fear in the enemy citizen.


For some douchebags, it's the only thing that will cut through the fog.
 
2012-01-23 10:44:40 AM  
I've been thinking about getting a louder horn for my motorcycle. This might just push me enough to do it.
 
2012-01-23 10:46:29 AM  

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agrees


Came for that.
 
2012-01-23 10:47:31 AM  

ultraholland: [img.thefreedictionary.com image 128x168]

agrees


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2012-01-23 10:47:52 AM  

CapnBlues: the young men get subwoofers, the cops turn up their siren volume.
the cops turn up their siren volume, the young men get even bigger stereos.

begun, the noise wars have.


More like we're doing another generation of sound damping work for the luxury cars.
 
2012-01-23 10:47:54 AM  
you've got to be f*cking kidding
 
2012-01-23 10:48:34 AM  
Great, now my dog will howl at sirens from 3 counties away.
 
2012-01-23 10:48:36 AM  
I'm sure these will help when the cop decides to blow through the red light by turning his flashers/siren on 2 feet before the intersection and then back off again when he clears the intersection on his way to a "call".
 
2012-01-23 10:50:20 AM  
 
2012-01-23 10:50:32 AM  
Yes, yes they do, because I just could not hear the old ones when I had my iPod headphones in my ears and I was driving.
 
2012-01-23 10:51:07 AM  
They would probably get more success with people getting out of their way on the street if they would STOP rolling around normally with their lights on. Seriously in DC the cops ALWAYS have some form of flashing lights on, even when they're not doing anything. So you just get used to flashing lights and don't pull over or get out of their way. Plus they don't even use their sirens half the time. So how the hell am I supposed to suddenly understand that they want me to get out of the way?
 
2012-01-23 10:51:13 AM  

Mugato: CapnBlues: the young men get subwoofers, the cops turn up their siren volume.
the cops turn up their siren volume, the young men get even bigger stereos.

Or rip the mufflers out of their car.


Or take away the welfare check they use to buy the stereo.
 
2012-01-23 10:51:42 AM  
It seems to do a good job of scaring the hell out of overweight women with front-butt.
 
2012-01-23 10:52:45 AM  
With the windows up in our cars, it is difficult to hear a siren from an approaching police, fire or ambulance until it's almost right on top of us, even if the radio isn't turned up very high. No, my hearing isn't almost gone either. Modern vehicles are designed to exclude outside noise as much as possible, and that includes sirens as well apparently.
 
2012-01-23 10:53:19 AM  
You know who else liked to use Howlers?

ryancannon.com


/Also, Hitler.
 
2012-01-23 10:54:01 AM  

Slaves2Darkness: Yes, yes they do, because I just could not hear the old ones when I had my iPod headphones in my ears and I was driving.


This! And those flashing lights are bad too. They're really distracting when I'm trying to post on Fark and drive.
 
2012-01-23 10:55:19 AM  
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What a police car with a howler might look like.

\how am I first?
 
2012-01-23 10:56:33 AM  
We have these in New York City. I actually kind of appreciate them. The subwoofer makes it so you don't just hear the car approach, you feel it. With the din of the city and pedestrians on phones, with ipods or just hard of hearing, it clears the street much faster.
 
2012-01-23 10:56:49 AM  
Howler? isn't that one of the cheeky names for a dinsaur on "Terra Nova".
 
2012-01-23 10:57:20 AM  
I hear banjos....
 
2012-01-23 10:58:41 AM  
In my city the cops need louder sirens. You can't hear them when they are driving in traffic and they are a few cars back. Fire trucks and ambulances are easily 2-3x louder. Part of that is positioning of the siren, but mostly the police ones are just quieter.
 
2012-01-23 10:59:12 AM  
someone doesn't hear you cop, someone hits you cop, which I really doubt happens very often at all, throw them in jail.
that's how you handle this.
you don't further annoy all of society with some psychological warfare hardware meant to drive the folks at the branch davidian compound insane.
you don't give that f*cking device to 500 dipshiat 25 year olds that barely made it through criminology at the local state college so they can play with.
we pay you ticket assholes on are streets that turn the bass up to 100 decibels, not f*cking make bass at 200 decibels. WTF is going on in this society that this can happen?
 
2012-01-23 10:59:35 AM  
I listen to sports talk/comedy/or other "talk" radio (when did I get old?) and with my windows up, I don't hear any sirens until the vehicle is pretty much right up near me. I don't have loud music playing at all, so it's either my truck being well-insulated from noise, or the sirens just aren't that loud to me?
 
2012-01-23 10:59:36 AM  
Great. So there is something new to make the idiot state even less appealing than it was before.
 
2012-01-23 11:00:05 AM  
They have some here. They're not really loud (works to a couple hundred feet) and the sound cone is quite narrow. Rather than hear it from afar, you sort of feel it as a noticable rumble.

They're work well in pedestrian heavy places. People GTFO the way much faster. I'd rather they do this than blare a regular siren for #x minutes...
 
2012-01-23 11:00:28 AM  

ha-ha-guy: More like we're doing another generation of sound damping work for the luxury cars.


I think that the very effective noise isolation in many cars (not just luxury cars) is one of the big reasons they're trying this. When I'm in my car, I don't hear a siren until the emergency vehicle is pretty darn close.
 
2012-01-23 11:02:26 AM  
I remember 10 or 20 years ago somebody was working a system that allowed patrol cars to hijack your radios and play a siren noise inside your car. Glad that didn't pan out if it was true.
 
2012-01-23 11:03:00 AM  
I wonder how people would respond to the Shocker?
 
2012-01-23 11:03:02 AM  
I can see why they would have them in a city like NYC or even Albany because it is hilly with narrow streets which makes for a lot of blind spots but what does some little shiat town in florida need it. Just because your hillbilly sheriff saw one in the big city?
 
2012-01-23 11:03:07 AM  

victrin: We have these in New York City. I actually kind of appreciate them. The subwoofer makes it so you don't just hear the car approach, you feel it. With the din of the city and pedestrians on phones, with ipods or just hard of hearing, it clears the street much faster.


Yes and it only projects directly in front of the vehicle, rather than all sides.
 
2012-01-23 11:03:54 AM  

TheDirtyNacho: and the sound cone is quite narrow


Low frequencies are not directional like high frequency is. Thats why you can put a subwoofer anywhere and it still does it's job.
 
2012-01-23 11:05:32 AM  
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2012-01-23 11:05:34 AM  
I'm glad this isn't in Miami-Dade county. Since we're laying off a bunch of police down here over budget issues, I'd object to spending money on "improved" sirens when the old ones work just fine. Not that my objection would mean anything, but I'd object, dammit!
 
2012-01-23 11:06:13 AM  

Bob16: TheDirtyNacho: and the sound cone is quite narrow

Low frequencies are not directional like high frequency is. Thats why you can put a subwoofer anywhere and it still does it's job.


I'm not sure how the technological particulars are, but I know that you can generally only hear it if you are in front of the vehicle. It is an odd sound, it's not just a straight 200hz tone.
 
2012-01-23 11:06:33 AM  
I tried to RTFA but I got distracted by the "31 arrested in prostitution sting w/pics"link

Heres Mike Hunt - Registered Sex Offender/pimp
 
2012-01-23 11:06:42 AM  
JackieRabbit: I hear banjos....

Paddle faster.
 
2012-01-23 11:06:52 AM  

Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: I'm sure these will help when the cop decides to blow through the red light by turning his flashers/siren on 2 feet before the intersection and then back off again when he clears the intersection on his way to a "call".


Our department only turns their signals on for life-threatening emergencies, to safely get through an intersection, or to pull someone over. Even though they are on their way to a break-in to warehouse after-hours they will speed, but the lights are only used at intersections. Emergency vehicles can legally go 20 miles over the speed limit without using their emergency lights, but must have them on for higher speeds. People tend to freak the fark out and drive dangerously when they see emergency lights, so our emergency departments are trying to use them less. Our fire trucks and ambulances do the same thing as far as only using their lights at intersections for lesser emergencies. It is generally safer for the public.

Or, you know, ZOMG ABUSE OF AUTHORITY!!
 
2012-01-23 11:07:07 AM  
Tulsa's had 'em on ambulances now for a while, oddly enough I can't hear the low bass tones of the device when I'm driving, but I definitely do when I'm at home. Wonder if I'm just weird.
 
2012-01-23 11:08:28 AM  

TheDirtyNacho: Bob16: TheDirtyNacho: and the sound cone is quite narrow

Low frequencies are not directional like high frequency is. Thats why you can put a subwoofer anywhere and it still does it's job.

I'm not sure how the technological particulars are, but I know that you can generally only hear it if you are in front of the vehicle. It is an odd sound, it's not just a straight 200hz tone.


Well that would be interesting if they have finally figured out a way to make low frequency directional.
 
2012-01-23 11:08:44 AM  
We have these in NYC. They help the noise pollution.
 
2012-01-23 11:08:51 AM  
And when they get bored they can drive up and down the street setting off all the car alarms.

/had a '96 escort gt with one of those loud mufflers on it (I didn't put it on) and set off all the alarms while driving through a parking garage.
 
2012-01-23 11:09:14 AM  

baka-san: So, basically...

Another thing that cops will have to learn does NOT make them magically seen by all who will then do exactly the right thing and give the right of way...

Have fun with the initial round of lawsuits.


Or we should just get drivers who can't figure out that they need to make way for lit up emergency vehicles off the road. Revoking driving privileges, how the fark does that work again?
 
2012-01-23 11:09:31 AM  
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2012-01-23 11:10:03 AM  

stevegarbowski: The only real horn you'll ever need.


I've been considering getting one of those for my Malibu to deal with the Californian drivers when I visit Portland.
 
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