State police will set up flashing lights and cameras to deter wrong-way crashes
The Department of Transportation says this year the state has already doubled what it has seen in the past two years in fatal wrong-way crashes.
State police say there have been 16 crashes and 18 fatalities so far this year.
The DOT says about 80 percent of drivers involved in on-way crashes were drunk, but they’re working to fix that.
The DOT is working on setting up a pilot program in 15 different locations across the state where there will be 360-degree cameras.
These cameras will detect cars driving the wrong way and immediately flash bright lights and notify state police.
DOT’s Josh Morgan says it’s important to always stay alert.
“If there is anyone on the road and they encounter someone heading in the wrong direction, please pull over and call 911, alert the State Police and alert operators to what you just saw and hopefully you can get this person to stop before a tragedy happens,” Morgan said.
Construction of these cameras will begin early next year and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
The pilot program is an extension of a camera installed in Danbury. So far, this camera has been activated 10 times, showing cars heading in the wrong direction, but no accidents have been reported.