15 Aug Wrong-Way Vehicle Detectors Being Tested on Phoenix Freeway Off-Ramps, ADOT Announces
A few freeway off-ramps around the Phoenix area are now equipped with wrong-way detection devices as part of testing and research being conducted by officials at the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The goal of using these devices is to try to prevent wrong way collisions – which often result in deadly head-on collisions – and, in doing so, save lives.
According to a recent announcement, the detectors have been installed on:
- The northbound I-17 exit to State Rte 74 (Carefree Highway)
- The eastbound I-10 exit at Ray Rd
- The northbound Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) ramp at Thunderbird Rd.
These locations were chosen based on data indicating that they tend to be the scenes of wrong-way collisions.
A Closer Look at the Wrong-Way Detection Devices
As ADOT has explained, officials are currently testing three different wrong-way detection systems. Made by TAPCO, Inc. and Wavetronix, these systems essentially use radar and camera sensors to determine when a vehicle may be entering an off-ramp the wrong way.
When a vehicle is detected, a warning sign stating “Wrong Way” and lit up with red LED lights will illuminate and start flashing. At this point in the testing phase, emails with pictures are also generated and sent to ADOT and the Department of Public Safety when these systems are triggered/go off.
Other Things ADOT Is Doing to Prevent Wrong-Way Collisions
In addition to evaluating the potential usefulness of wrong-way detection systems, ADOT officials have also done the following to support its efforts to prevent wrong-way collisions:
- Some “wrong way” signage throughout Phoenix has been replaced with larger signs, which have been posted lower for optimal visibility.
- The larger, lower “wrong way/do not enter” signs have now become the design and installation standards for ADOT.
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