Miami-Dade County Passes Child Safety Alarm Law Day Care Centers Required to Install Alarms by December 1
MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATWEC Technologies, Inc. (OTC Markets: ATWT), a US-based child safety company, today announced that demand for its Kiddie Voice™ child alarm systems has increased in Florida due to a new law requiring child safety alarms to be installed in all day care center vehicles in Miami-Dade County by December 1, 2012.
An ordinance requiring all licensed day care centers in Miami-Dade County to install alarms that prompt drivers of vehicles transporting children to check for children upon vehicle shut off became effective in February 2012. The ordinance language cites the risk that a young child may be forgotten inside of a parked vehicle, and that an accident of this type could prove fatal for the child.
From 2011 data, there are approximately 1,152 licensed day care centers in Miami-Dade County. All vehicles at these day care centers must have a system installed by December 1 or it will be subject to fines and penalties.
The Company's patented Kiddie Voice™ child alarm system is both voice-prompted and ignition-based, and as such is specifically designed to ensure that the driver must walk to the back of the van or bus in order to deactivate the system. This feature enables the driver to check all of the seats in the vehicle to make sure that no child is left behind.
The Company has recently expanded its marketing and advertising spending in order to capitalize on the new demand caused by the law. The Company's strategy is to first educate its day care customers, and then fulfill sales orders and vehicle installs during third quarter 2012, right up until the November compliance deadline.
Miami-Dade County is the most populous county in Florida, with approximately 2.55M people as of 2011. It is the 8th most populous county in the US. Miami-Dade County Public School District is currently the 4th largest public school district in the US with over 400,000 students.
The Miami-Dade law came in response to increased pressure on legislators to protect day care children, drivers, and administrators from potential disaster. Multiple negligence cases in South Florida prompted heated debate, and the proposed legislation was led by Delray Beach Senator Maria Sachs in early 2011. Palm Beach County passed a similar ordinance last year, requiring its day care vehicles to be properly fitted with child safety alarms or face severe penalties.
Alex T. Wiley, President & CEO of ATWEC Technologies, stated, "This ordinance has made us very happy here at ATWEC. Through our efforts and the efforts of some concerned lawmakers, people are becoming more and more aware of the danger involved in transporting young kids. Florida is now being aggressive in protecting its children, and these new laws in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties are the proof. Our people are canvassing all of South Florida in order to provide our Kiddie Voice™ systems to as many day care centers as we can, in order to prevent the next potential accident."
Shareholders and other investors can find the ordinance and other Florida day care center information posted on the Company's website home page, www.atwec.com.
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About ATWEC Technologies, Inc.:
ATWEC Technologies, Inc. is a child safety and security company, headquartered in Memphis, TN, and has been doing business since 1979. ATWT has developed unique child safety devices which protect children while they are being transported, both to and from schools, events, and homes. ATWT has been issued patent number 7,646,288,B2 by the US patent office, and its business model is associated with legislation designed to mandate these systems for school and other vehicles, on a state-by-state basis. The Company trades on the Pink-OTC Markets under the symbol "ATWT", and the Company's website is www.atwec.com.
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