ABC 11 Raleigh's Caitlin Coyner did an in-depth story on the extreme dangers of stopping along the roadways and introduced CrashFlasher(tm) as a way to make disabled vehicles more visible. CrashFlasher's patent-pending design, which raises the emergency light almost 5 feet above a vehicle's roof and requires no tools to put together, offers drivers a way to make their emergency more visible to oncoming drivers than traditional flashers, which are low to the ground and may not be working in a crash.
According to Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the NC Highway Patrol, who was interviewed in the ABC 11 segment, "I think it's a good thing. Anything that you can do to warn motorists as far as what status you're in, whether you're in a collision, is good. I can tell you first-hand that I carry these types of devices in my personal vehicle."
Nancy McMeekin, co-founder of the company that has developed CrashFlasher, pointed out that the device's height warns oncoming drivers to slow down or go around the emergency. Larry McMeekin, her husband, demonstrated the ease with which CrashFlasher is assembled, showing that even with its height, it requires no tools and has no loose parts.
The McMeekins have entered a video into the Walmart "Get On The Shelf" contest, in which voting will determine what new products get Walmart's nod to be either on the shelf or on Walmart.com.
Voting continues at www.getontheshelf.com/product/4170/crashflasher.
CrashFlasher will be available for purchase in Summer 2012.