I previously wrote about the spate of wrong-way car crashes on Arizona freeways. Seven Killed In Three Wrong-Way Arizona Freeway Accidents in Week
Yet again, on Tuesday night a car was driving in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes of Loop 202, and collided with an SUV several miles later. The collision sent the other driver to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn with serious but non-life threatening injuries, and the wrong-way driver, who was suspected of being drunk was arrested for aggravated assault and endangerment. A wrong-way driver collided with another car on Loop 202 near Gilbert Road Tuesday night, leaving both drivers injured.
In response to this ongoing and deadly problem, the Arizona Department of Transportation convened meetings to find potential solutions. One measure to help stop wrong-way drivers on the freeway is better signage. You may notice these signs on the off ramps of valley freeways which warn drivers if they are foolish enough to drive up the off-ramp. ADOT installs lower, larger signs to fight wrong-way drivers
It is unclear whether these new signs were in place at the location that this particular suspected drunk driver entered the highway on Tuesday night. However, will improved signage stop drunk or highly impaired drivers from entering the freeway going the wrong-way and causing a crash? Probably not.
Jay L. Ciulla is an attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, who helps people in personal injury and wrongful death cases. If you need legal assistance, call (602) 495-0053 for a free consultation.