Skip to comments.Military Sound-Cannon Will Be Used to Deter Speeders
Posted on 04/26/2014 12:22:31 PM PDT by all the best
MISSOURI A military sound weapon called the LRAD is trickling its way into domestic agencies across the country. Its latest application will be for use against drivers on Missouris highways.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has purchased two Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) with the intent of deploying them near work zones. The idea is to penetrate nearby vehicles with an overwhelmingly shrill sound to supposedly get them to slow down.
Called a safety device by the local media, the LRAD is most famous for use against civilians overseas during military operations. Its 153 dB sound waves are so powerful that they cause bystanders to reel in pain, clutch their ears, and run away.
Carl Gruenler, a former Vice President of American Technology Corporation (which later became LRAD Corporation) said that the device will produce instant headaches, permanent hearing damage, and that you definitely dont want to be within 100 meters of the device. Of course, that was said in 2004, before the company began marketing its weapons to domestic government agencies.
Since then, the LRAD was being delivered to local law enforcement agencies throughout the USA; many through federal grants aimed at militarizing police. By 2009, the LRAD was dramatically used for the first time against Americans, when police mounted it on their armored vehicles and used it to disperse unwelcome protesters in Pittsburgh during the G-20 Summit
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153-dB LRADs will blast paralyzing sound waves at oncoming traffic.
What could possibly go wrong???
Yeah, not like making a high speed driver clutch at their ears could cause an accident or something.
What moron came up with this idea?
Wow. What could possibly go wrong? I bet the injury attorneys are already working on TV ads to fish for clients damaged or who crash because of this insanity.
With the driver paralyzed by sound waves the car careened into the work area killing dozens.
Bazookas or RPG’s would be effective, as well.
Do you ever get the idea that things are getting crazier by the day? I do.
Any accidents caused by such devices demands that those manning and using those devices be dragged from their posts, beaten to a bloody pulp and strung up from the nearest highway sign. Intentionally causing accidents, mayhem and excruciating pain to anyone forfeits your rights to exist.
Waiting for the lawsuits to pile up when someone has a accident or coronary because of this stupidity.
As I have said to others i feel like I’m living in a fireworks factory and some idiot is running around in it with a lit road flare.
Got to start making ‘them’ feel afraid.
I was driving along on a country road one time as a youth. I had some music and I was driving along sort of thinking of other things, easy to do when you’re about the only car on the road for a mile in either direction.
All of a sudden, this really loud siren blasted from almost on top of my back bumper. I hadn’t even noticed the car there. It scared me out of the blue, and I momentarily lost control of the vehicle. I was very fortunate that it continued to head forward, but I just was easily could have jerked on the wheel or hit the brakes, or have done something to cause a very bad accident.
If there had been people working on the road, I would have seen them and slowed down. What this guy did could have easily caused me serious injury.
Now they want to use these new tools on drivers, and I marvel at the lack of common sense government people exhibit each and every day.
For our safety, and I mean this seriously, we need to furlough about 95% of them.
As with drivers causing crashes by not paying attention to the road while texting, not only will drivers likewise be distracted by these cannons, but they'll be distracted when they are driving faster than the higher legal speed and at greater risk for a worse accident imo.
It’s not about public safety, it’s for surreptitiously pre-emplacing Weaponry for use against unruly citizens.
Imagine one or two of these at the recent Bundy Ranch Standoff? You might get the idea...
I suspect that the sound won't be turned all the way up to 11 -- instead it'll be used to hail speeders, with a warning or a command to
There's plenty of precedent for using a "sound cannon", or "Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)" to communicate authoritatively Here's an interestng article on the topic:
Why is it suddenly civilian law enforcement as agencies have been allowed to become a militarized band of tyrants? Put a darn cruiser with a cop in the construction zone and let him cite speeders. Have two. One in the start of the zone and one near the end who can innate pursuit and the witnessing officer issue a citation.
I’m thinking heads on pikes. They stay up and are more long-lasting reminders.
I would hit the gas and get out of range of that thing as quickly as possible.
Why don’t they just shoot rockets at speeding cars... or perhaps have a drone take them out with a surface-to-ground missile or something.
In my state speeding through construction when lights are flashing meaning persons actually there working will get you a $500 fine. In 99% of the zones at least one cop is there drawing some extra cash which is fine. That should suffice. A sound cannon can cause the offending driver and others to loose complete control of self and vehicle.
Exactly! What’s wrong with conventional weapons? Some mortars or artillery would be more sporting.
“Why dont they just shoot rockets at speeding cars... or perhaps have a drone take them out with a surface-to-ground missile or something.”
Today’s satire is tomorrow’s reality with those people. Don’t give them any ideas.
How many will suffer immediate heart attacks at the wheel, and be blameful for the results, instead of the police with thier over-reaching technology?
Great...it’s be like the gang-banger next to you on the roadway with rap crap turned up to 11 — only 10x worse. Instead of slowing people down, they’ll do the exact opposite. I’d speed up as much as I can to get past the pain zone.
Government sure continues to attract the best and brightest, doesn’t it?
153 db will damage your hearing measurably, permanently in seconds. Lawsuit.
“Government sure continues to attract the best and brightest, doesnt it?”
Who was it that said politics(government)is like a pond? The scum rise to the top.
The “proper vapourizing ray.” When I was a kid, we took LONG family road trips across the country and that was always my dream. I’d target the idiots using the bug spat “sights” on the windshield and let loose the ray to vaporize ‘em. Only way to keep my sanity cooped up with the family for 5,000 miles.
I remember when I drove an 18 wheeler. First thing we were taught was pull the horn only as a last resort because it would likely create panic in the diver in front of you. I only used my air horn as a make shift burglar alarm for when I was in the sleeper. Second thing we were told to be careful when and where we engaged it was the Jake Brake for the same reasons. When a truck behind or beside you suddenly sounds like someone cranked up the engine volume that is the Jake Brake. It's supposed to only be used going down steep grades as a means to slow the truck.
I hope no construction workers are hurt when Missourian’s start shooting these out.
Your table is obviously wrong. Herewith, the correct table:
* Jet engine at 100’ 140dB
* 12 Gauge Shotgun Blast 165dB
* Death of hearing tissue 180dB
* Loudest sound possible 194dB
* Gang-banger in car next to you at red light lebentyzillion dB
“Its 153 dB sound waves are so powerful that they cause bystanders to reel in pain, clutch their ears, and run away.”
Now, what could *possibly* go wrong with deploying one those near a freeway work site?
/do I really need a sarc tag here?
These are military weapons designed to be used against the enemy....Oh, I get it...
In the old days, there was nothing more fearful than going down a long country grade in Washington or Oregon with a fully loaded log truck behind riding his Jake Brake. Still sends shivers down my spine. Yikes!
Yeah, this might create more problems than it solves. I was mainly trying to express support for taking the speeding problem seriously. Also, I thought that the article was a bit hyperbolic in that it left the impression that the device would be used as a weapon, rather than as a communications device. (Albeit, a very loud, perhaps dangerous-to-use-with-moving-traffic type of communications device.)
BTW, police enforcement in construction zones is rare here — especially if only the survey crew is working. It can be pretty scarey, when you have to set up in the middle of a busy highway.
“Only way to keep my sanity cooped up with the family for 5,000 miles.”
Are you sure it worked? (Just kidding.)
the device seems fairly large and should be pretty easy to take out.
I assume the construction zone LRADs will be tripped by conventional speed-sensing radar.
I'm driving down a four lane divided highway in the right lane and come up on a construction zone where the speed limit drops, say, to 35mph. I obey. Meanwhile, some idiot in the left lane does not slow down and enters the construction zone at, say, 55mph. The radar senses him and turns on the LDAR. Now I, law abiding driver, am being subjected to LDAR because he's a fool.
I expect my lawsuit will name around 30 defendants, LRAD Corporation being at the top of the list.
Mission creep at its very worst. Please tell me that this is from The Onion...
What about the dogs in the cars?
They will get sued when the first pile-up occurs because of this freaking out one or more drivers.
Then they will no longer use it. But it will take people being killed and a lawsuit to get them to say they won’t use it.
Well, if I recover ... and I find where the son of a bitch is ... I'll pull my illegally possessed firearm and shoot the MF'er and spend the rest of my life in prison
As a biker, I can personally vouch for what you’ve said.
It will be safer for everybody.
With the driver...
What about motorcyclists or drivers of convertibles ... I can see being right in front of this thing when a speeder comes by you and sets it off...
Let me give you an example. Remember when Walmart used an alarm in Electronics that went off every time anyone entered or left? It was a high pitch tone. Thus I could not shop there. I called Corp back when the higher ups actually cared about customers concerns and listened to customers. I explained what they were doing & the alarms were removed. I didn't have to say I'm going to sue rather I explained to the then VP of Loss Control what they did to people. Watch people in places like Lowes and Home Depot where alarms and paging tones are going off. Watch them become more and more agitated although they may not know why.
I understand the safety issues for construction crews. In Tennessee they usually use considerable precautions especially cops in construction zones from multiple land closures to concrete barriers. Then they went to another extreme and created a Move Over Law. Meaning if Joe Patrolman was running a speed trap with his buddies and had a car pulled over on the shoulder by law you have to move left. Try that in a two mile stretch where they are running a trap and persons are jockeying for the proper lane for a major interstate junction. What would have been a better idea? Approaching the offending vehicle from the passenger side. Some cops have caught on. Others still stick their butts out in traffic.
I can show you something else about sound few persons know. We've all heard the kids in cars with cranked up sound systems you hear the bass long before the other frequencies. The bass frequencies can not be stopped. Hearing protection won't stop it because it penetrates the skull which is part of your hearing which is one reason those cannons are a danger. An Audiologist doing an extensive hearing test will test that portion of your hearing. Try it next time you hear a car like that. Stop up your ears as tight as you can. You'll still hear it and feel it.