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Wrong Way Wrecks Are Still A Problem

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Last month, I posted about the rash of wrong-way drivers on the Dalls Parkway. Unfortunately, it’s still a problem. Just this weekend, eight people were killed in a wrong-way crash in New York.

At this point, those of us that are taken aback at the problem have written about it extensively, including:

I’ve tried to find some tips describing ways that we might minimize the risk that we’re hit by wrong-way drivers or (ghost drivers) without much luck. Perhaps the most important thing that drivers can do is to be aware that most of these accidents occur at night and involve drivers that are drunk or have been using drugs.

The best solution for these problems seems to be in the better design of roadways and signage. Fortunately, that’s happening in some of the worst places. For example, the Dallas North Tollway is adding more "wrong way" and "do not enter" signs on roadways and putting more reflective material on the road to direct proper direction of traffic in an effort to minimize this problem.

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  1. Steve Lombardi says:
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    Brooks: I’ve collected as many news items on wrong-way collisions as were available during the last 3 or 4 months. My intent was to report on all for a six-month period, but in going through them I wrote up only July’s since there so so many to handle and the theme simply keeps repeating itself. I’ll publish those findings later this week on the Des Moines site for the InjuryBoard.

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    Steve

    Thanks for the comment. I am simply shocked by the number of these accidents that are occurring. Thanks for your help in bringing this issue to the public’s attention.