• Feb 22, 2008

In a move sure to please more than a few motorists, police in Tulsa, OK are testing new sirens on their patrol cars with a tone low enough to send vibrations through targeted vehicles and their occupants. It sounds strange, but as cars become more isolated from the outside world, it has become increasingly difficult for cops to grab the attention of wayward motorists. Locked in our motorized cocoons, a wailing siren just can't be heard over the din of cell phones, Sponge Bob and iPods.

This new and innovative (and non-sadistic) approach called the Rumbler is designed to blast a deep tone up to 70 yards away to alert drivers through vibrations in their backsides. The Tulsa police have three units in use, with three more expected within the next ten days. Law enforcement officials in Washington DC, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida are also trying the technology. Talk from the officers and the public indicates this apparently harmless approach works pretty well. If put into widespread use, it seems to us that the booty-shaking siren just could become the best part of being pulled over.

Follow the jump for video of the Rumbler in action and hear what the new sound of police sirens may soon be in your city. Thanks for the tip, Screwtape!

[Source: KTUL - Tulsa Channel 8 News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many car alarms it will set off just going by
      • 6 Years Ago
      The police here in DC have them on their cars and you can feel it even where you on the sidewalk when they go by.

      It doesnt set off alarms on the parked cars, thankfully....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd love to sell these on the aftermarket as an audio system accessory. All the homeboys with the bass cranked up enough to shake body panels would love it.

      Why should the cops get all the fun toys?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you crap your pants with this thing, think you can use the bathroom excuse to get out of the ticket?
      KyToyota
      • 6 Years Ago
      This sounds like a good idea. Worked as a police officer for a while and it is really surpising how little drivers can hear the normal siren
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who's leg do I need to hump to get this added to my home theater?
      • 6 Years Ago
      so they expect me to hear a small ass sub from over 75 ft over my 2000W kickers? i highly doubt that. As an included bonus, they give me a wicked back massage. Dont need no 5000$ heated/cooled/vibrating seats.... lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Had this happen a while back. Never heard one of these before, didn't have a clue what it was, thought the wheels coming off my car, so I stopped suddenly. The surprised police officer person, apparently on an emergency run with lunch, stood on her brakes. There were fries everywhere!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes a lot of sense actually.

      And as a bonus, it's really funny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hell, you don't even have to have the radio cranked to not hear a siren sometimes. I went through a green light just as an emergency vehicle was about to go through. All I was doing was accelerating with the heat on full blast. That was more than enough not to be able to hear it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would just assume an Escalade with 2 12"s has pulled up behind me. If I can hear/feel it over my own stero system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hear sirens, but I'm sure a lot of people are not paying attention in their isolation cocoons.
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