On Sunday morning, a passenger car collided with a tanker truck while driving
the wrong way on Interstate 275. Three people were killed as a result
of the crash. This is one of four accidents that have occurred on the
same stretch of highway in Tampa. State officials are looking for ways
to minimize the likelihood that more drivers will end up in fatal accidents
on the wrong side of the road.
Technology designed to redirect confused drivers will be implemented throughout
Florida, including on Highway 10 near Tallahassee and on Broward County's
Sawgrass Expressway. In Tallahassee, these renovations will include the
placement of new signs, roadway markings, and an LED "wrong way"
light that will turn on when drivers have taken a ramp the wrong way.
DUI & Roadway Safety
These high-risk accidents are often caused by drivers who have been drinking
and driving. An NTSB special investigation from 2012 indicates that nearly
60% of drivers in wrong-way accidents had been driving with twice the
legal blood alcohol levels.
While adding more signs to freeway ramps may not curb drinking and driving
tendencies, it is an effective means of protecting drivers from fatal
roadway accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation,
similar safety measures applied in San Antonio, Texas, have led to a 30%
decrease in accidents caused by driving on the wrong side of the road.
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