Two Lives Lost In Two Wrong-Way Crashes, Would Flashing Signs Help?
NBCDFW reports that in recent weeks, two people have lost their lives in wrong-way crashes on North Texas roadways.
Official statistics show that there are more than 200 wrong-way crashes in the state of Texas each year. In the wake of such tragedies, however, researchers are finding ways to help reduce the number of wrong-way crash incidents in Texas and across the country.
According to a recent study conducted in San Antonio by Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute (TTI), flashing wrong-way signs have been shown to significantly reduce the number of wrong-way crashed on our roadways by as much as 40%.
Other states, like Arizona, have employed the use of other technologies to both quickly detect when a driver is heading the wrong direction and send a message to law enforcement and traffic management centers. Bu using overhead signs along highways and interstates, other drivers can be alerted to the danger of a wrong-way driver and take appropriate action by taking the nearest exit until the danger has passed.
TTI Research Engineer Melisa Finley told NBCDFW in an interview that the technology that TTI is working with the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) to create solutions that use the latest connected vehicle technologies as an additional way to alert drivers to wrong-way motorists.
“The technology that’s used to connect vehicles detects the wrong-way driver, sends a message to a traffic management center, alerts the wrong-way driver and alerts, right-way drivers, using in-vehicle messages.”
NTTA representative Michael Rey believes that testing for these protective measures could begin as early as next year. “We are investigating whether their systems can be adapted to our network,” he said.