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
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.
SOURCE Safety Warning System, L.C.