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Wrong Way Drivers: What Can We Do About It? I Have An Idea

Wrong way willies, what can we do about it? Innocent people are dying: Can we prevent any of these deaths?

I am hoping to do something somehow to help prevent those one-way head-on collisions that seem to be happening more frequently. It seems that Route 8 is one of the worst offenders, followed by I-84.

What I think might help would be to have sensors on the exit ramps of the most common areas for head-on collisions. I am thinking that there must be a way to put a sensor on the exit ramp and have it notify the police when a vehicle is on there. Maybe even a camera. I do not know the cost of this idea. I do think that in our state, since we seem able to pull money out of the air, that this safety issue would be a concern for us all.

I am not sure how far these people go from when they get on, but if we can put some sort of sensor on those areas, and put up more lights on the entrance and exit ramps and the areas leading up to those points, I think that we might be able to prevent any number of accidents.

I haven't pulled any old newspaper articles yet to calculate it, but I am wondering if these accidents really are becoming more and more frequent, and if so, we need to do something about it.

Another recent one was on I-84; I believe it was one nun going home from somewhere and two young people were driving the wrong way on the highway, and hit the nun.

The nun was OK, but the driver of the other car died. It appalls me that in this state, we have the money to throw at a busway that no one wants and even fewer will use, when we could do something about an issue that can affect all of us.

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Michael Dwyer August 22, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Yes! Wrongway spikes is the best idea and low cost! The driver will have to buy new tires but this will save lives no doubt.
SILENT WOLF August 22, 2012 at 04:10 AM
All you people out there with those spike Idea , forget about it . that thought is never going to be inacted here in Ct. or anywhere else inthe USA. It doesn't make any sense .My solution is much more practical and less costly .
Willow Reed April 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM
It has been nearly a year since this thread opened. It is hard to get anyone in the legislature to listen, but I found this in the Waterbury Republican news this morning: http://www.rep-am.com/news/local/720978.txt Maybe this will show the problem to be a REAL problem on our roads. I still think that painting large arrows (not those ones that look kinda like lines with triangles in the middle) showing the proper traffic direction would be cost-effective and would also hopefully minimize the amount of these accidents.
Gary April 30, 2013 at 11:18 PM
As I suggested.. painting large arrows on the asphalt to show the proper direction will be the most low cost solution.
justThinkAboutIt June 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I stumbled upon this website and thought you might like to know about another option to consider. There is a new system out there that uses LED enhanced wrong way signs that flash when a wrong way driver is detected on an off ramp and it can give real time notifications to the proper authorities. I will give the disclaimer that I work for the company that makes the system. As many have said, there isn't a perfect solution to completely eliminate stupidity, but researching and trying options to save lives is worth the effort. here are a couple links for you to decide for yourselves: System details http://www.tapconet.com/solar-led-division/wrong-way-warning-system-blinkersign San Antonio Texas has done a large project with them http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Warning-signs-on-U-S-281-pay-off-4337866.php Video describing many of the core features this system use to help saves lives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlO9sJiK2Fc

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