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03-20-06, 10:33 PM #1
Why is it that in hawaii the cops always have a blue light on top of the squad on at all times. Why is it that mich troopers still have the big bubble light on the car with stop worded across the hood, i never understood the stop on the hood.
03-20-06, 10:50 PM #2Indy GuestOriginally Posted by BEK320
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03-20-06, 11:18 PM #4Originally Posted by BEK320
03-20-06, 11:19 PM #5
I can't help you on the Hawaii question, but I remember reading some years ago that the Michigan thing goes back to many years ago when Troopers had to pull up next to the vehicle they were attempting to stop, and they would turn the "Stop" light on as they pulled alongside the violator. (Of course, seeing the sign light up next to the driver's side window, the violator would ALWAYS immediately pull to the side of the road and stop.) (Just like they do now.)
It was a tradition that they've kept over the years. Or I guess you could also call it a nostalgia thing.
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03-21-06, 12:59 AM #6
The question remains:
(What would Dog do?)
"When I'm driving along and I see a sign that says, CAUTION: SMALL CHILDREN AHEAD,
I slow down, and then it occurs to me, I'm not afraid of small children"!
03-21-06, 09:15 AM #7
Cajunguy is right about the Michigan hood "stop light". MSP was still teaching side stops back in the late 1970's. You would pull up along side of a violator, wave them over, only to have them slam on the brakes and you would shoot by. You could back up and get behind him and look like an idiot or just keep going and act like nothing happened.
03-21-06, 09:19 AM #8Indy GuestOriginally Posted by T202
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Tradition is a great but sometimes retarding thing. I remember when we experimented with blue lights in the 70's. The Iowa Firefighters Association, a strong lobby group, raised hell that blue was fire and we didn't get the lights.
Today, all police units are well lighted with red, blue and yellow.
03-21-06, 10:23 AM #10Originally Posted by BEK320
hmmm, our lights are flashing blue on either side and in the middle we have a permanent blue light that displays the word 'Garda' for anyone that couldnt tell.
All emergency services here are blue.Originally Posted by TXCharlie
03-21-06, 10:26 AM #11Originally Posted by Indy
03-21-06, 10:36 AM #12Indy GuestOriginally Posted by T202
03-21-06, 05:26 PM #13
thanks guys, just need some dudes from hawaii on here to tell why there lights are always on.
03-21-06, 06:21 PM #14
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03-21-06, 06:29 PM #15Originally Posted by BEK320
I'm not from Hawaii, but I do know why they use the bubble light. I asked that question to a Hawaii officer who explained that it's mainly for high visibility. The steady blue light lets people know the police are present for general deterence or in the event they are needed for an emergency.
03-21-06, 09:37 PM #16Indy GuestOriginally Posted by lesta311
03-22-06, 05:58 AM #17Originally Posted by IndyOriginally Posted by TXCharlie
03-22-06, 02:18 PM #18
T202 is correct about the stop bar on the hood of the cruiser. I have always wanted to get a hold of one for my office, however, they sometimes go for $300+ on ebay.
As for the big bubble light on the roof, well, MSP is big on tradition and they just don't want to get rid of it. I hear that there is only one company in the US that manufactures the bubble light, and MSP is the only purchaser of that specific style light. MSP cruisers also do not have cages in them and per policy, the troopers double up at night.
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03-22-06, 02:35 PM #19Originally Posted by Garda30055A
That's absolutely right. They have a light bar and strobes along with the single beacon light.
03-22-06, 06:30 PM #20
I propose bright blue undercarriage LEDs on all cruisers."Look, just give me some inner peace or I'll mop the floor with you!"
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