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February 26, 2020
Michigan State Police Alerting Citizens with HAAS Alert
Story originally posted by Will Kriss at WKZ News
LANSING, MI — The Michigan State Police (MSP) are testing out a new alert system meant to alert citizens to police activity.
Alerts are sent out to drivers that are equipped with Waze, a digital navigation app, that would alert drivers of approaching or nearby police vehicles. Officials refer to this tactic as a "digital siren."
The idea is to alert drivers to move over when an officer is on-scene or approaching the area. The signal can alert drivers of police activity within up to 30 seconds of arrival. Police say this will help citizens make safer driving decisions.
The MSP says the signal is sent out using HAAS Alert advanced R2V™ (Responder-to-Vehicle) technology. It comes in the form of small device that sends a signal when police sirens and lights are turned on.
“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.”
According to data, 44 MSP patrol vehicles, fully marked and with emergency equipment activated, were struck by motorists in 2019.
The technology is also meant to help keep these collisions from occurring.
The pilot program for this technology began in January and will run through March. According to data, in the first month, 22,733 Michigan motorists were alerted in 330 incidents
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