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TxDOT Testing Solutions For Wrong-Way Driver Problem

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) say there is a commitment to finding a solution to the problem of wrong-way drivers on state highways.

TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez said the most common suggestion they receive at the department is setting up tire ripping spikes for vehicles entering an expressway going the wrong direction.

But Lopez says speed makes that type tire deflation device useless. “The spikes are used in low speed areas, such as parking lots,” she said.

As part of a pilot program to detect potential danger even earlier, TxDOT is installing radar along Highway 281 in San Antonio, where a study showed the highest number of wrong way drivers occur.

“We do have a project that’s supposed to be letting in August,” Lopez said.

In addition to the radar that alerts police when someone enters the highway going the wrong way, TxDOT is also testing special signals for drivers.

“There are wrong way driver signs… however they’re illuminated,” Lopez said.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2011 there were 329 wrong-way crashes statewide.

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