Construction/Maintenance Zones Are Life Threatening; SWS Safety Warning System(R) Approved For Use In Indiana

Apr 02, 2002, 00:00 ET from Safety Warning System(R)

    ENGLEWOOD, Fla., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In just six years (1995-2000),
 193 people have been killed in construction/maintenance zones in Indiana,
 according to Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data compiled by the
 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Twenty of those who
 lost their lives were pedestrians.  The fact is, not just in Indiana but
 throughout the United States, construction/maintenance zones are dangerous
 places to work.  In February of this year, the Indiana Department of
 Transportation took measures to address this issue by approving the Safety
 Warning System for use by public works crews on the state's highways.
     The Safety Warning System (SWS)(R)) is a microwave-based driver-alerting
 device, composed of a transmitter and receiver.  In mobile applications --
 installed in police cars, fire/rescue emergency vehicles, school buses, and
 utility vehicles -- the SWS transmitter can generate any of 64 different
 messages, warning motorists in advance about a wide variety of highway
 conditions or traffic hazards that lie ahead.  The SWS receiver is built into
 most new radar detectors sold today, and has been incorporated into more than
 20 million radar detectors produced since 1996.  A Safety Warning System
 receiver is also available as a separate unit -- the BEL SWS 900 -- without a
 radar-detection function, which enables drivers to take advantage of SWS
 benefits in vehicles or jurisdictions where radar detectors cannot be used.
     In the state of Indiana, SWS transmitters were installed initially in 4 of
 the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) Hoosier Helper vans, which
 patrol I-80/94, one of the most heavily traveled highway corridors in the
 United States.  The vans also travel on I-465 around Indianapolis, helping
 motorists whose cars are disabled.  These transmitters automatically send the
 message "Emergency Vehicle In Transit," when the van's emergency lights are
 turned on.  The SWS may also be activated manually by the van's driver.
     The approval of the Safety Warning System for Indiana comes after almost 3
 years of field evaluation, during which time that state's transportation
 engineers found that the SWS is easy to install and use, requires no
 maintenance, and definitely affects driver behavior in work zones and other
 appropriate areas.
     Sami Mohamed, an Evaluation Engineer for INDOT, stated that his agency
 actively "promotes new technology for highway safety," and held open the
 possibility that the SWS eventually will be installed at other locations or in
 other vehicles in his agency's jurisdiction.
     "We are very pleased and proud to add Indiana to the growing list of
 states which use the Safety Warning System to make their roads safer and
 protect their highway workers," said Janice Lee, President of Safety Warning
 System, L.C., "and we look forward to working with INDOT officials to expand
 SWS use there in the future."
     Safety Warning System, L.C. is located in Englewood, Florida. MPH
 Industries, Inc., of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Innovative Technology of
 America, of Champaign, Illinois, are licensed manufacturers of SWS
 transmitters. In addition to Safety Warning System, L.C.'s owner companies --
 Escort, Inc., of West Chester, Ohio; Uniden America Corporation, of Fort
 Worth, Texas; and The Whistler Group, of Bentonville, Arkansas -- ; BG Tech
 America, Inc., of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and SK Global America, Inc., of New
 York, New York, are licensed manufacturers of SWS receivers in the United
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