New Wrong Way Driver Protection Deployed in Ohio

Ohio transportation officials are taking extra precautions against rare, but deadly, instances of wrong way driving.

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July 27, 2019, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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"Greater Cincinnati just became the testing ground for a new technology the state hopes will stop wrong-way drivers on the interstate, averting deadly crashes in the process," reports Pat LeFleur.

The system involves new cameras and lights along exit ramps "in an effort to alert drivers — and authorities — that they are driving the wrong way onto the interstate."

"The wrong-way alerts will have two phases: First, upon initial detection of a wrong-way driver, LED lights will begin blinking alongside the "WRONG WAY" signs already installed along the exit ramps. If that's not enough to divert the wayward driver, cameras will begin recording and ODOT will receive a message that a wrong-way driver is entering the interstate," according to LaFleur.

Ohio Department of Transportation officials say wrong way drivers are rare, but deadly when and where they occur. "In 2018, at least 15 people died as a result of 27 wrong-way crashes statewide," reports LaFleur.

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