Muscogee Co. Marshal: Shake, Rattle, and Roll

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Shake, Rattle, and Roll - that's how the Muscogee County Marshal's Office is describing their newest technology.  Those drivers that don't respond to traditional lights and sirens will now have no excuse not to move over, because they will literally feel it.

Captain Larry Paker, Jr, said, "The Rumbler is like no other siren you've ever heard.  It's one that you can hear many blocks away and you can even feel it because of the vibes."

It's called the Rumbler because the high-tech blaster emits a low frequency siren that shakes the ground and can even rattle your rear view mirror.  The vibrations can be felt for about 200 feet away.

"A lot of times you are out riding around, a lot of people are using cell phones or listening to their radios loud. But, with this Rumbler, it's an attention getter," said Parker.

The Rumblers cost at least 300 dollars per unit, but it's a price worth paying for the Muscogee County Marshal's Office. They hope to grab people's attention, get them to move over and make room for officers trying to respond to emergencies. Two Rumblers have been put in the Marshal's cars already and they hope to outfit all 17.

Cpt. Parker said only the big cities have Rumblers, "New York, New Jersey, and Philly have Rumblers in place. But, the Muscogee County Marshal's Office is the first agency with this type of device and hopefully within months all the agencies locally will have it."  He believes the device is a useful tool for all public safety vehicles.

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