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Wail of sirens
Radhakrishnan | 10 Dec 2006

Ambulances use sirens which need to be re-designed professionally

The word AMBULANCE is written on a mirror image format on most ambulances. This, I am told, is to ensure immediate visibility by motorists in their rear view mirrors. The road users are supposed to move over to the side and yield right of way to these emergency vehicles. The method adopted by these vehicles to demand right of way from citizens residing along highways and near large hospitals, is unique. They blast wailing sirens to jolt these hapless citizens into compliance. The sirens are annoyingly loud and emit a heart-wrenching howl. Citizens subjected to these howls day-in day-out, are exposed to damaging decibels. Will it be asking for too much of the authorities to design a more pleasant yet urgent sounding siren? I can give a hint to them in this regard--movie channels like HBO regularly feature scenes where ambulances use “more humane” sirens.