Foundation Formed to Advance Use of Safety Warning System

Mar 22, 1999, 00:00 ET from Safety Warning System, L.C.

    ENGLEWOOD, Fla., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A new tax-exempt foundation,
 National Highway Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (NHTSF), has been formed to
 get Safety Warning System(R) Transmitters (SWS) into the hands of government
 agencies, emergency services, schools and other users to bolster traffic
 safety and provide tax deductions to those who contribute to the foundation.
     This month, the NHTSF was granted section 509(a)(1) foundation status by
 the Internal Revenue Service, according to Safety Warning System, L.C., the
 umbrella group overseeing development of the revolutionary driver-messaging
 system. This status allows individuals, companies and other entities to take a
 tax credit for making contributions to NHTSF.
     The foundation, in turn, will use these contributions to provide users
 with Safety Warning Transmitters free of charge or at minimal cost.
     "We have had discussions with large retailers and similar entities that
 are always looking for ways to give something back to the community, and the
 new foundation helps them accomplish that by allowing them to help obtain
 Safety Warning Transmitters for local agencies who might not otherwise be able
 to afford them," explained Jason Richards, of SWS, L.C., in Englewood,
 Florida.  "And it's a win-win situation because we can help reward their
 generosity with a tax credit."
     Safety Warning Transmitters alert drivers as they approach road hazards
 ranging from railroad crossings to stopped school buses, utility crews, road
 construction and emergency vehicles. Existing radar detectors notify drivers
 with a visual and audible warning when encountering a transmitter. SWS
 receivers, meanwhile, respond with a special alert and display and announce
 one of over 60 permanently stored text messages telling exactly what sort of
 hazard is nearby. The system's flexibility, expandability and reasonable cost
 make it one of the most exciting Intelligent Transportation Systems available
     The Safety Warning System(R) received formal approval recently to operate
 under Part 90 of the Federal Communications Commission's rules. Dozens of SWS
 transmitters have already been placed in more than 25 states in applications
 safeguarding school buses, emergency vehicles and road work zones (operating
 under an FCC experimental license). The technology also is in use in five
 foreign countries.
     Additionally, a 1998 federal law allocates $2.1 million over the next
 three years to continue the research and development of the SWS. The funds,
 administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, will help state and
 local governments purchase and evaluate Safety Warning Transmitters.

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