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Wrong-Way Collision on the Rise in Texas

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Traffic data released by the Texas Department of Transportation indicates wrong-way crashes are on the rise in Texas.

13 Percent Increase Over Past Year

An investigation of Texas traffic data by News 5 Investigates found that the number of wrong-way collisions increased by 13 percent last year, illustrating a deadly trend.

The report went on to say that at least 269 people were killed and 2,800 people were injured in wrong-way collisions over the past four years.

Further complicating the issue is the fact that Texas appears to be falling in initiating preventive measures when compared to other states.

Lowering “Wrong Way” Signs

One measure being taken across the country is the lowering of “Wrong Way” and “Do Not Enter” signs.

For nearly a decade, the Texas Transportation Institute suggested such measures to decrease the number of alcohol-related and late-night wrong-way collisions. The reasoning behind this is that driver, especially when intoxicated, are less likely to look at elevated signs than signs that are at eye level.

Further, data collected by California shows that this simple measure can have astounding results. After lowering signs in the 1970s, California saw that wrong-way ramp entries were nearly eliminated.

Similar result have been seen on the Dallas North Tollway where wrong-way entries on ramps with lower signs have dropped by nearly 75 percent over the past three years.


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