Arizona Is Doing Something About Wrong-Way Driving!
Wrong-way driving is putting Arizonans in danger and we are, unfortunately, seeing these accidents more often. Governor Doug Ducey called on the Arizona State Transportation Board to do something about these wrong-way drivers. Now, the Wrong Way Driving Detection Pilot Project may have an answer.
Wrong-Way Driving: a Real Problem
In February of this year, a driver was killed on Grand Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard. On June 6, there were two fatalities due to wrong-way driving on the SR-51 and McDowell Road. The very next month, on July 21, there was a fatality on Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
While most wrong-way driving crashes aren’t fatal, the Wrong Way Driving Detection Pilot Project may be able to help put an end to all of them.
The Wrong Way Driving Detection Pilot Program
The WWDDPP will cost around $3.7 million, but it has the potential to save many lives.
Heat detection cameras will be installed in areas of the state that are thought to be “most dangerous” for wrong-way driving. When those heat sensors are alerted that a driver is on the wrong side of the road, they will alert other drivers, as well as the driver who’s on the wrong side of the road. In addition, the authorities will also be notified so they can make their way to the scene—hopefully, before there’s an accident.
This system can theoretically prevent wrong-way crashes because, in most instances, when a driver realizes he’s going the wrong way, he can correct himself before a crash occurs. The proof is that while there have been 956 cases of wrong-way driving in Arizona just this year, only a few have ended in fatalities.
Death Is Not the Only Danger
However, as shown in the cases above, wrong-way driving can all too easily turn into a deadly situation. Even in the “best case scenarios” where no one is killed, the driver of the car going the wrong way can be criminally charged, and have a personal injury claim filed against him or her for any damages or injuries caused.
If you have been injured due to someone else driving on the wrong side of the road, contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C., at (602) 267-1280. Car accidents can result in serious injuries, and while you recover from yours, we can worry about getting you the compensation you may be entitled to.