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OPD debuts new technology to combat distracted driving; prevent intersection collisions

Posted at 2:05 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-09 17:09:05-04

The Omaha Police Department is getting new technology to fight back against distracted drivers and keep intersections safe. 

Some police vehicles are being equipped with "the Rumbler," which emits a low frequency tone that travels through hard surfaces. 

OPD says the Rumbler makes a omni-directional low frequency sound that can be "felt" and works to penetrate cars that may have soundproofing or sound deadening materials. It's meant to work with traditional sirens to grab drivers' attention in emergency response situations.

Detective Justin Smith says it will keep officers and drivers safe in intersections, by decreasing the number of accidents that happen when vehicles are responding to 911 calls.