Wrong Way Driving is 100% Preventable
“This tragedy is 100% preventable.” ~ Rodrigo Jimenez, California Highway Patrol
All vehicle accidents are 100% preventable, including wrong way driving accidents.
Better driver education and examinations would make our roads safer, but no one seems to be interested in improving either of these. In fact, driver education is being removed from our public schools, which makes our public roads and highways more dangerous, and driver examinations — nationwide — are a joke, and always have been.
The carnage will continue until people do something to end it…
Wrong-way driver was going more than 100 mph, witnesses say [VIDEO]
“A suspected drunk driver going in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar was traveling faster than 100 mph when she caused an accident early Sunday that killed six people, witnesses told the California Highway Patrol.
“Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, has been arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony manslaughter, said Rodrigo Jimenez, a CHP spokesman…”
Read more: Wrong-way driver was going more than 100 mph, witnesses say – http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-wrong-way-driver-crash-20140209,0,563460.story#ixzz2sw3NQwmH
VIDEO – Six killed, at least one injured in a freeway car accident – http://youtu.be/UrgYLFvdrw0
Troopers: Four USF students killed by wrong-way driver on I-275 [VIDEO]
“Four University of South Florida fraternity brothers and a driver who crashed head-on into them died in a fiery crash on Interstate 275 near Busch Boulevard early Sunday.
“The crash happened just after 2 a.m. when a 2001 Ford Expedition was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-275, said Steve Gaskins, spokesman for the Florida Highway patrol. The Ford crashed head-on into a 2010 Hyundai Sonata carrying the four men who were traveling north in the center lane just north of Busch Boulevard, Gaskins said.
“The Ford burst into flames and became completely engulfed, Gaskins said. The driver was killed and authorities were still working to determine his identity due to the extensive fire damage, Gaskins said.
“The front end of the Hyundai was also burned and all four male occupants were killed at the scene, Gaskins said…”
Read more: Troopers: Four USF students killed by wrong-way driver on I-275 – http://tbo.com/Troopers-Five-dead-in-wrong-way-crash-on-I-275
See also: 2 wrong-way crashes leave 11 people dead in Fla., Calif. – http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2-wrong-way-crashes-leave-11-people-dead-in-fla-calif/
An accused drunken driver goes about 15 miles in the wrong lane
VIDEO – Accused drunken driver goes 15 miles the wrong way on Interstate – http://youtu.be/NVrx-Bqim8w
See: RECENT “WRONG WAY DRIVER” STORIES, VIDEO AND GALLERIES – http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/explore?tag=wrong-way-driver
2013 National Wrong-Way Driving Summit
“Driving the wrong way on freeways has been a consistent traffic safety problem since the interstate system was opened in the 1950s. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), the number of fatalities caused by wrong-way driving ranges between 350 and 500 per year. About one percent of traffic fatalities are caused by wrong-way driving. The average economic loss due to wrong-way crashes in U.S. is over 2.38 billion dollars per year. There is no national level effort to mitigate wrong-way incidents and prevent the wrong-way crashes. A recent research in Illinois identified the factors that contribute to wrong-way crashes and develop countermeasures to reduce these driving errors and related crashes. Several other states have developed strategies and countermeasures to mitigate the wrong-way crashes, including, but not limited to, California, Texas, Washington, Michigan and Florida…”
Read more: 2013 National Wrong-Way Driving Summit – http://cetrans.isg.siue.edu/wwd/
The San Antonio Wrong Way Driver Initiative
“In 2011, TxDOT’s TransGuide System Operators logged 185 individual events involving the report of a wrong way driver in the San Antonio area. Of these reported wrong way drivers, there were 4 situations that resulted in a wrong way driver stopped by law enforcement, where the driver was disoriented due to a medical condition. There were 14 incidents that resulted in the DWI arrest of the wrong way driver without a collision. There were 13 wrong way driver incidents that resulted in a collision without a fatality. There were 7 fatalities as a result of 4 collisions caused by wrong way drivers. The majority of wrong way drivers involved in collisions were suspected of or proven to be intoxicated. Approximately 80% of the reports of wrong way drivers resulted in no accident, with the wrong way driver not encountered by law enforcement…”
Read more: The San Antonio Wrong Way Driver Initiative – http://www.transguide.dot.state.tx.us/sat/wwd/
NTSB: Wrong Way Driving – Highway Special Investigation Report
“This special investigation report looks at one of the most serious types of highway accidents—collisions involving vehicles traveling the wrong way on high-speed divided highways. The goal of this investigative project is to identify relevant safety recommendations to prevent wrong-way collisions on such highways and access ramps. The investigations included in the report take a focused view of the driver and highway issues affecting wrong-way collisions. The report addresses the following safety issues concerning wrong-way driving: driver impairment, primarily from alcohol use, with consideration of older driver issues and possible drug involvement; the need to establish, through traffic control devices and highway design, distinctly different views for motorists approaching entrance and exit ramps; monitoring and intervention programs for wrong-way collisions; and in-vehicle driver support systems…”
Read more: NTSB: Wrong Way Driving – Highway Special Investigation Report (.pdf) – https://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/safetystudies/SIR1201.pdf