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Texas Lawmakers Aim to Reduce Wrong-Way Crashes

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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:

  • From 2010 - 2013, TxDOT reported roughly 165 wrong-way auto accidents per year resulting in approximately 55 to 64 injuries deaths each year.
  • In 2014, TxDot recorded 251 wrong-way accidents - 50% more than the previous four years.
  • Texas law enforcement and emergency services reported 102 injuries and fatalities resulting from 2014 wrong-way crashes.
  • Although only 20% of wrong-way accidents involve drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, impaired drviers were responsible for all but 1 of 15 deaths caused by these accidents in 2014. They also accounted for 14 of the 19 injuries.

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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