Arizona is beginning to create protections against wrong way drivers.
Following the recent wrong way crashes in Arizona and the Governor’s vow to end them, the State Transportation Board approved a new project to design a thermal detection system on the I-17 from the I-10 to the Loop 101. Cameras placed along the interstate will automatically turn to face wrong-way drivers. Once detected, the system will alert the driver, other drivers, and law enforcement by using flashing lights, overhead message boards, and alerts. The technology is new, never before seen and first in the nation, expected to cost $3.7 million. Although this will not totally eliminate wrong way driving, it is expected to reduce the risk of it happening.
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The project now has to be approved by the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council.