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TurboFlare USA announced the new TurboFlare Alert, which incorporates an Electronic Motion Detector Early Warning and Anti-Theft System in the TurboFlare and TurboFlare "SOS" day/night emergency road flare. This new high-tech electronic system will notify the officer of any interference from vehicles entering into their TurboFlare traffic control pattern/lane closure, or anyone who may try to steel a TurboFlare from the pattern, with a constant solid beep sent to the officer's receiver attached to his shoulder flap on his uniform shirt.

TurboFlare USA has added a motion sensor to each TurboFlare Circuit Board, that when struck or picked up, will send a solid beep to a receiver worn by the officer and notify him of a DUI driver, medically impaired driver, sleepy driver, or someone who doesn't know the difference between his accelerator and his brake pedal. It will also signal the officer should a passing motorist decide he would like to collect one of his TurboFlares.

The TurboFlare is the only electronic road flare that can be used during both day and night. The Turbo-pennants that attach to the top of each flare are used to deploy and recover in a single trip to and from the police vehicle. They are very high profile during the day when the LEDs are not as noticeable.

The Turbo-pennants are used at night for added protection when motorists perceived from a distance that the flares can be run over. They see the reflection and height of the Turbo-pennants and veer away from the traffic pattern as not to damage their vehicle when they approach the scene.

Unity Manufacturing Co

The EYE BEAM™ Spotlight and Officer Warning System from Unity Manufacturing Co is a supplemental self-arming audible warning system that alerts an officer to movement near the vehicle, specifically the driver's side door. It is incorporated in the Unity® post-mount spotlight. EYE BEAM™ Spotlight and Officer Warning System works by positioning the beam of light from the spotlight into the outside rear view mirror of the vehicle that is pulled over.

After stopping an offending driver, EYE BEAM™ Spotlight and Officer Warning System self-arms by sensing the officer's return to the patrol car. Its sensors are then activated and will audibly alert the officer when the invisible beams are broken. The officer can react to the warning appropriately, thus possibly saving lives.

The sensor emits five laser beams that are strategically positioned around the perimeter of the spotlight beam. Once armed, they project up to 35 feet or until they reach the intended target or vehicle. They then react approximately one foot and will set off an audible alarm when the beams are broken. The sensor beams are controlled enough that nearby traffic or pedestrians will not set off unnecessary alarms.

Whelen Engineering

Whelen's Inner-Edge™ Undercover Super-LED® Lighting Systems come in Forward and Rear Facing versions. Choose three or seven Linear Super-LED®, or, eight or 10 super bright TIR3™ Super-LED modules mounted in a rugged housing that fit snugly against the upper front windshield of late model Ford Crown Victoria, Expedition, Chevy Impala, Suburban, or Tahoe police vehicles.

Features include an interior lightbar that is virtually undetectable when not in operation and two MR8 halogen takedown lights. Super-LEDs are low current, vibration and moisture resistant for a long life operation. Easy installation to visor anchor points does not require drilling holes. The lighting systems are available in four safety colors. In addition, Scan-Lock™ provides multiple flash patterns and there is a five-year warranty on the LEDs.

Jennifer Gavigan is the former Associate Editor of Police Fleet Manager and LAW and ORDER Magazines.

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Jan/Feb 2006

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