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Hamilton police to use blue lights for safety reasons

An example of what one of the new light bars could look like. (PHOTO: Hamilton Police Department/Facebook) An example of what one of the new light bars could look like. (PHOTO: Hamilton Police Department/Facebook)
OSHP cruiser with the blue light bar. (PHOTO: Hamilton Police Department/Facebook) OSHP cruiser with the blue light bar. (PHOTO: Hamilton Police Department/Facebook)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -

The Hamilton Police Department announced Sunday that an adjustment will be made to its cruisers for safety reasons. 

According to the department's Facebook page, new cruisers in 2016 will receive blue light bars instead of the traditional blue and red light bars. 

"We are making this change for officer and citizen safety based on the results of scientific studies and experiences of other police departments," officials wrote.

In 2004, the Florida Highway Patrol conducted a study on the perception of colors, particularly blue and red. At night or under darkened conditions, your eyes will perceive that a lamp emitting a higher frequency, shorter wavelength of light (violet or blue) will appear to be moving closer to you, while a lamp with a lower frequency, longer wavelength of light (red) will appear to be moving away from you, claim authorities. 

This effect could reportedly either make it appear the vehicle was closer to the motorist than actual, creating an earlier response and cushion of safety, or could make the vehicle appear to be moving away and create a hazard.

The study also found that red light is more easily perceived during the daytime, while blue lights are better seen at night. However, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, in its most recent research, found that blue was actually more effective in sunlight conditions than white, yellow or even red.

This finding was also supported by a Society of Automotive Engineers and U.S. Fire Administration study.

Numerous area police departments have successfully moved towards using blue light bars in some or all of their cruisers, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

"We’re excited for this new, safer technology to help us better serve you," stated officials. 

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