Cop Cars Should Look Intimidating
Twenty five years ago, fire departments started to make the switch to lime green vehicles instead of the traditional red.
Lime green experts proved were the most visible.
Thanks to extensive research by such men as Dr. Stephen Solomon, an optometrist and a member of the Port Jervis, N.Y., volunteer fire department, more and more fire chiefs have been made aware of a stark physiological fact: people are red-blind at night.
Red is dead. Lime yellow is the coming color.
Our fire department and all the ones around us are still using and buying red fire trucks. Traditions are hard to break, even in the spotlight of science. I don’t understand a fire chief that retains tradition when changing could avoid a potentially deadly accident because a motorist didn’t see the fire truck coming.
So why aren’t cop cars lime green?
Because they don’t want to look like pansies. That’s just fine with me. We have black and white cop cars (and black and white cops too for that matter.) A black and white car is quickly recognized as a cop car.
Police say the black-and-white cars are more visible and the old-fashioned color scheme remains unmistakably synonymous with “cops.”
I think they’re great,” said Gilbert police Sgt. John Lyle. “They grab people’s attention. For me, personally, it does have some historic value. That’s what I grew up knowing as a police car.
“There’s no doubt when people see a black-and-white car, they know what it is.”
I personally think a Dodge Charger with the police package is the most intimidating looking car.
I want cop cars to be intimidating to criminals. Sometimes image is everything. Too bad some of the cops that drive these cars aren’t as intimidating because of their build: too small or too large.
Korean cop cars look like taxis but then Korean cops are not respected by anyone but children. But they always drive around with their emergency lights flashing-really! First few times I saw that I couldn’t believe people weren’t getting out of the way until someone clued me in that you only move over if the siren is on. When I asked why, I got the same answer I always got when no one knew the answer. “It’s our culture.”
Funny about them always having their emergency lights on.
Can you imagine our cop cars with the European bee-boo-bee-boo “siren”
what do you call that sound? Does it have an official name? hmmmm.
So how do they decide who gets to drive it? 🙂 Whoever it is would be lucky. Much better than the police who aren’t even driving goold ole american cars like the impala or ford crown victoria, instead they ride around on scooters 🙂
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