How Many People Have Died in Wrong-Way Collisions?

September 22, 2014

Florida Transportation officials are figuring out ways for reducing wrong-way vehicle collisions. So far in 2014, there have been four wrong-way collisions that killed 10 people.

Officials have a pilot program running in Tallahassee. According to The Tampa Tribune, the state department is taking multiple steps to reduce wrong-way drivers:

  • Officials are adding new and bigger signs.
  • Officials are adjusting the placement of the signs so that more traffic sees them.
  • Officials are adding pavement markings.
  • Officials are installing radar-tripped LED signs that flash “wrong-way” to drivers.

Kris Carson, a spokeswoman for the state department tells The Tampa Tribune that “because it’s happening so much in Tampa, we are pushing hard to get one of those pilot projects to our area as well.”

Is There a Common Link Associated with All Wrong-Way Collisions?

Sadly, 59 percent of fatal wrong-way crashes involve drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) higher than .15 percent. In addition, 10 percent of these drivers had a BAC between .08 and .15 percent.

People that choose to risk the lives of innocent people by driving drunk are making a reckless and careless decision, and they should be held accountable for their actions.



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