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State Police Testing "Digital Siren" to Alert Drivers Through Navigation App

Troopers patrolling some of Michigan's busiest roadways are testing technology that has the potential to help motorists make safer driving decisions and, best-case scenario - to move over when an officer is on-scene or approaching the area.

Five patrol vehicles in the Second, Third and Sixth districts have been outfitted with the HAAS Alert advanced R2V™ (Responder-to-Vehicle) technology. The small piece of equipment transmits a digital alert when a patrol vehicle's lights and siren are activated, triggering an alert to nearby Waze users with as much as 30 seconds notice. Developers refer to this new technology as a digital siren.

"We are always looking for new and innovative ways to increase officer safety," said Lt. Col. Richard Arnold, commander of the Field Operations Bureau. "This is an excellent example of how the Michigan State Police is contributing to the future of technology and helping to keep our members safe and make Michigan's roads safer." 

Last year, 44 MSP patrol vehicles, fully marked and with emergency equipment activated, were struck by motorists. 

The pilot began in January and runs through March. In the first month, the data shows 22,733 Michigan motorists were alerted in 330 incidents.