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 today. 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.
SOURCE Safety Warning System, L.C.