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Myrtle Beach Police to get new sirens to better warn drivers

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Instead of relying on senses of sight and hearing, a new siren will make drivers feel when they need to move out of the way for a Myrtle Beach police car.

The siren is called Howler. Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby said it operates at a different pitch and frequency so that it more effectively alerts drivers to approaching emergency responders. He said that frequency can be felt similar to the bass of music.

Crosby said the department has already done its research and talked to other law enforcement agencies to make sure Howler is a good piece of equipment.

The funding for Howler comes from a Justice Assistance Grant the department applies for every year.

MBPD Chief Warren Gall said the department polled command staff on what the money should be spent on and Howler received the most attention.

Crosby said each siren costs $500, including the installation.

He added the patrol, waterfront and traffic vehicles will receive Howler first, then eventually it will be installed in the rest of the fleet.

Howler will attach to the existing sirens.

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