MCLENNAN COUNTY (May 5, 2014) The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office is reporting success after purchasing new Rumbler sirens for some of its new patrol vehicles.
The sirens, unlike any traditional ones, send out low frequency tones that cut through cars and allow drivers to feel the sound waves they emit.
According to Sgt. Brian Kevil of the sheriff’s office, it helps greatly when pulling someone over during heavy traffic or for clearing an intersection when responding to a call.
“It will rattle you, especially if you’re in front of it,” Kevil said,
"It gives a little more in order to get a driver’s attention, so that they’ll look and see what's behind them. Kind of like an alarm clock."
The sheriff’s office received the sirens last year and has enjoyed testing them out, according to Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon.
They’re relatively new to the first responder market. Not many other police agencies in Central Texas have them.
Kevil has worked for the sheriff’s office for 23 years and says the Rumbler sirens combat driving distractions that have evolved over the years.
“You have your cell phones, iPods, woofer systems that can be really loud. People can zone out when they’re driving,” Kevil said.
“These help warn people that we’re coming.”
The Rumbler sirens are only on a select number of patrol cars, but more could be on the way as the sheriff’s office awaits a new shipment of vehicles.