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ADOT’s new radar technology to prevent wrong-way accidents

ADOT’s new radar technology to prevent wrong-way accidents
Chloe Nordquist

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking at new ways to prevent wrong-way crashes. Their newest research involves some cool technology — radar-based detectors.

The wrong-way detection devices and warning systems are part of an ongoing study, according to azfamily.com.

Photo courtesy AZ Family, KTVK

Photo courtesy AZ Family, KTVK

 

Currently, the detectors are being tested at along the loop 101 at two off-ramps. They will continue testing throughout the Valley before making permanent changes.

“What we have to focus on is both detecting a wrong-way vehicle, how fast, and can we plug that potentially into a warning system,” spokesman Doug Nintzel told azfamily.com.

Captured from AZ Family

Captured from AZ Family

 

When the radar picks up a vehicle going the wrong way, the information is sent to ADOT, DPS, and potentially other drivers going the right direction on the freeway, as a warning.

ADOT has previously installed over 500 signs that warn drivers they are going in the wrong direction at off-ramps around the Valley.

ADOT told AZTB that they will be more willing to talk about the new technology later in the summer.