Best Invention Since Body Armor
November 13th, 2004

Safe Lites™ BeaconWear™ Safety Apparel MakesPublic Safety Personnel More Visible

Los Angeles – Saturday, November 13, 2004 … Safe Lites announced today the availability of what some industry leaders are claiming to be the best invention since body armor. The patented, self-illuminated BeaconWear™ Safety Vest was introduced today at the 111th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Los Angeles.

Of all the risks law enforcement officers face, the most common is being struck by a vehicle while out of the squad car. This is especially true at night and/or during inclement weather. Thanks to a new illuminating technology called GlowSkin™, SafeLites safety vests can dramatically reduce the risk of officers being injured, disabled or even killed by a motorist who did not see them.

Field tested for over two years by police officers and state troopers, this new improved personal protection equipment is available now to start protecting the very people who protect us. “Feedback from field personnel is very positive,” said Minnesota State Patrol Commander Ken Urquhart. “Not only do we have a safety vest that meets OSHA and ANSI requirements, but officer safety is greatly enhanced through the use of the electroluminescent lighting system built into the vest. Other enforcement personnel and motorists have commented that they could see the BeaconWear vest long before they could discern any other people or objects at crash scenes or other night time details,” he added. Utilizing Safe Lites’ GlowSkin™ lighting technology, the BeaconWear™ Safety Vest can be seen from well over 500 feet, at all angles, and in all lighting conditions.

“We are very proud to be a leader in protecting the very people who protect us and who put their lives at risk every day for our benefit,” added John T. Golle, Safe Lites Chairman & CEO. “The development of GlowSkin™ technology and the application of it in a safety vest makes it possible to save lives and prevent injuries. We couldn’t have imagined how great the need was to reduce the number of officers struck by motorists before we met Commander Urquhart at the Minnesota State Patrol.” In Minnesota alone, a State Trooper is struck in and outside of their vehicle on average every other day according to a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article. Nationally, the third leading cause of police deaths is being struck by a vehicle. “We are confident our new BeaconWear™ Safety Vest will significantly improve the safety of its wearer”, added Mr. Golle.

BeaconWear™ Safety Vests may be purchased directly by public service agencies from Safe Lites. National grant programs are in place through Safe Lites’ Community Beacon Program™ to assist agencies who may not be able to budget for these life saving pieces of equipment on their own. This program matches local and national private sector funding with civic organizations interested in Protecting Those Who Protect Us™.

Press Release – Best Since Body Armor

 

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