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A new kind of police siren that emits low-frequency vibrations, is making waves -- quite literally -- in the town of Bartow, Fla. Although pedestrians may find it unpleasant, officers think it's a safer and more effective means of announcing their presence.

"I don't know if I could go back to a regular siren and feel safe with it," Bartow Officer Bryan Dorman told WTSP.

Co-developed by a former Florida highway patrol officer, the Howler works by sending out a low-frequency vibration people can feel from up to 200 feet away. With electronic distractions becoming an ever-present part of our lives, the addition of the vibration to the lights and audible siren could be an invaluable safety tool.

Hundreds of police departments around the country have started using the system, including the NYPD.

While officers think the Howler is an effective device, not everyone thinks it's such a good idea. Noise control groups have voiced their opposition, calling the siren "disorienting."

"[The] siren easily triggers an involuntary stress response commonly known as 'fight or flight.' This results in the secretion of adrenaline, with ensuing spikes in cardio-respiratory rates, muscle tension, and elevated blood pressure," claims NoiseOFF, a coalition aimed at reducing noise pollution. "Infrasound is low frequency sound energy that affects the nervous system and prolonged exposure can lead to progressive medical conditions."

Police officers and noise-control groups may not agree on the Howler's viability as a safety tool, they concur on one thing: You know when a police car is coming.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      wow that's so cool how a you tube channel guys please thanks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder what police officers think about having to endure this sensation everytime why have to use this effect. I know I couldn't handle it.
        Grizz
        • 3 Years Ago
        The sound is projected forward and you really dont hear it or feel it in the car and it only operated between 10 to 60 seconds at a time to clean an intersection.
          Your Momma
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grizz
          So as I sit at a light waiting for one of these idiots to make their way through I have to be bombarded by this for 10-60 seconds???? You are a goddamn idiot. I hope one of your vitals ruptures from this vibration as you sit helpless while an idiot cop makes his way through gridlock traffic. Dumbass!
      Sped Man
      • 3 Years Ago
      What they plan on using soon worries me more. They plan on installing a device on squad cars that scans a persons body to see if they are carrying a gun. This obviously violate the US Constitution (illegal searchs). That is only part of the problem.. What are the side affects of this device? Could it cause cancer in the long run? Those living in the inner city where the police will be employing this new device will have more exposure to it. It is currently used by the military. Expect in your neighborhood soon.
      footsieb
      • 3 Years Ago
      We live about 50 ft. off a rural highway. I'm not thrilled with the thought of these vibrations when I'm in my own house, minding my own business, legally!!!!
      ppllaanntt
      • 3 Years Ago
      rediculous,,all of these 'improvements' carter to people that are too stupid to realize theres a cruiser behind them.Ive seen it,,,a cop behind someone for miles before they pull over.It ashame that 90% of people have to suffer because of the other 10%.
      davefromfwb1
      • 3 Years Ago
      That fat lady in the video probably lost 10 pounds after she pooped her pants. That's a good thing!
      defensearms
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anything to make the lil dick's feel more authoritarian, there are many guys that were exposed to combat, that are very little tolerant to low frequency sound, like those asses playing rap music loud.......those low frequency can actually bring some to a disorientation and aggressiveness.....they better duck after hearing a firearm discharge.
        nonny2619
        • 3 Years Ago
        @defensearms
        I've never been in a combat situation and the loud rap music makes me disoriented and aggressive too. It causes me LOTS of pain. People who run around with heavy bass are selfish jerks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      it is mostly an LRAD devise. There will be inocent deaths because of these divise due to what it can do
      U.S.I.A.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it...Great idea! That will put the "freak out" to the meth heads
      • 3 Years Ago
      With just about the entire U.S. population job hunting for jobs that don't exist, a vast majority of those losing their homes and or dodging bankruptcy due to collection of debt problems, etc, etc, etc, the need for police, jails and prisons will sure explode in the years to come, unless we're blessed with some unknown miracle unseen for the moment. People for the most part are still of the opinion that "government" will solve problems, when in reality, it is "THEY" who are the government. Basic fact? The horrors of our flondering economy and all the fault for it being this way, is the fault of the voters and taxpayers having made inappropriate choices and putting lousy decision-makers at leadership level. And it appears nothing will change anytime soon, as we look at what is transpiring during persidential debates. About the only ray of hope I see is the youngest in our midst looking deeper into rationale of it all and developing more logic in making future political choices... As for th bulk of YOU-S-A, it's "bought-and-paid-for" business as usual...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not exactly sure I could personally deal with this. Sirens already scare the hell out of me and bam, there goes the upped heart rate. ... I'm not even allowed to take any form of pain meds because of my heart, no strenous activity, etc., least until after surgery. ... It makes me a tad nervous because I don't know how my heart would react to that machine. I know heavy bass makes my chest hurt as it is. Hope these things don't come to Texas. ..Seriously.
      • 3 Years Ago
      THIS RANKS RIGHT UP THERE WITH USELESS STUFF WE DON'T NEED AND DON'T WANT AND COULD BE A POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK FOR HEARING LOSS AND OTHER HEALTH ISSUES, WHAT A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY, GEE, CAN WE THINK OF MORE STUPID WAYS TO WASTE MONEY...
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