If you think your ride is faster than the speed of sound—think again. The friendly folks at the Missouri Department of Transportation revealed earlier this week that they have added to LRAD sound cannons to their arsenal…And, we’re betting that even the most tricked out, super-charged, bottle-fed, ride on the block won’t be able to outrun these headache inducing devices.
That’s right, the folks that are responsible for patching potholes and mowing medians have picked up a pair of sonic Long-Range Acoustic Devices that they will reportedly be using to target vehicles that speed in work zones.
Best known for its use against protesters and insurgents in Afghanistan, the devices (which cost a mere $25,000…each!) will be used to alert drivers to road conditions by shooting a sonic messaged directly through their windshields.
“The LRAD puts out up to 153 decibels of sound through an emitter, not a loud speaker,” said MoDOT employee Michele Compton told local news outlets. “The sound easily penetrates the windshield and well-insulated cab of a car, even overriding the vehicle’s engine sounds and a radio turned up loud enough to jam to tunes at highway speeds.”
The radar-activated LRADs are programed to capture the attention of drivers by emitting a message that says “Slow vehicles ahead.”
State officials are heralding the devices as valuable safety tools that are designed to capture the attention of drivers…not scare the living crap out of them.
Can you hear me now?