Wrong-Way Wrecks Warrant Prevention Discussions in Arizona

May 20, 2014

Arizona highway safety and transportation officials are trying to figure out how to curb wrong-way accidents on Arizona highways.

The third such fatal head-on accident the Phoenix area in a week killed two people early Sunday. Five other people died in two previous wrong-way wrecks.

The directors of the state Departments of Public Safety and Transportation and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety met Sunday to review the accident and to discuss strategies.

Right and WrongThe agencies said they’re focusing on enforcement, engineering and education and that removal of impaired drivers from the highways is the Highway Patrol’s top priority.

ADOT Director John Halikowski says there might not be immediate engineering changes his department can make but that it is looking at practices used elsewhere for possible adoption in Arizona.

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  • May 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm
    Vickie says:
    Exactly. Hook them up just like the red lights -- or take the euipment on the gravel along side. I wouldn't think a wrong way driver who is likely impaired in someway would ... read more
  • May 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm
    reality bites says:
    Of course you are right, Hmmm. Practicality has little to do with reality. Unless, of course....there was some way of making the spikes retract, like first responders can 'rep... read more
  • May 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Hmmm says:
    Reality -- since I am part of a family of first responders -- I know that fire trucks and ambulances will go down the wrong way onto a freeway to get to accidents (lights, sir... read more
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