Despite considerable and ongoing efforts to keep public roads and highways safe, it was revealed last month that the numbers of wrong-way auto accidents on roads and highways across Texas were reaching alarming highs. In fact, data from the Texas Department of Transportation for 2014, shows that the Lone Star state leads the nation in wrong-way crashes.
Although many recommendations had been made over the years to prevent these dangerous accidents, an independent news investigation found that the Texas Department of Transportation had not implemented any recommended safety measures. With new attention being paid to high rates of wrong-way crashes, they are working aggressively to make changes.
Take a look at the surge in wrong-way accidents:
In response to the many wrong-way crashes plaguing Texas roadways, lawmakers and safety advocates have become focused on preventing these accidents - which commonly result in tragic head-on collisions. Many of their goals involve implementing long-standing safety recommendations.
According to officials, some of these changes will involve adding more lowered “Do Not Enter” and “Wrong Way” signs. These can help with drivers who are unfamiliar with their locations, impaired drivers, and drivers who have difficulty seeing at night. Officials are also looking to more widely implement new technology, including flashing warning signs and sensors to detect wrong-way drivers.
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