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Cowichan' cop cars are ready to Rumble

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What’s that noise? An earthquake?

RCMP cruisers will now sound louder Rumbler Sirens from their cruisers to boost safety during emergencies, valley Sgt. Chris Swain’s release says.

“North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have started adding the Rumbler Siren to its fleet to enhance safety during emergency calls,” Swain states.

“The Rumbler enhances and adds to the effect of a regular siren. It acts similar to a sub-woofer, utilizing low frequency tones that penetrate hard surfaces better than the higher pitch of the regular siren.”

Drivers and pedestrians will be able to both hear and feel the police vehicle coming, he added.

Costs for Rumblers were not stated. Due to better sound insulation in newer vehicles, the use of vehicle-stereo systems, and pedestrians/bicyclists wearing headphones, this technology will assist everyone using our roads safer, notes Swain.

Police vehicles will still be using regular sirens, but can activate the Rumbler at the same time, if required.

“North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the municipalities we police are committed to doing everything we can to make our roads and our responses to emergencies as safe as we can.”

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