Here today are four more wrong-way collisions from around the country. As you can see all four, from four different states are drunk drivers. With the economy in recession I have to wonder if this will only get worse.
Dallas, Texas - July 2009 – Letter to the Editor “Nothing will work” states that putting more signs up will not help stop wrong-way drivers due in part to drunk drivers being totally unaware they are the one’s going the wrong way and being unable to read a sign. Interesting point the author is making.
Kingsport, Tennessee- Driving the wrong-way on Stone Drive leads to drunk driving and drug charges. The incident is reported to have happened at around 1:35 a.m. on a Saturday.
Green Bay, Wisconsin - July 2009 – Main Street driver just before 1:00 a.m. crashed head-on into another car. Alcohol was involved.
Chicago, Illinois – July 2009 – Reported on a lawyer’s blog, I-55 about 6:30 a.m. the driver was 25-years old charged with DUI and driving the wrong way on an Interstate highway. In another report of this wrong-way incident on Stevenson Expressway the reporter has it the car entered the wrong-way using the incorrect entrance ramp but doesn’t say which exit ramp.
Wrong-way avoidance helpful suggestion – July 2009 - While it won’t help with drunk drivers or drugged drivers, the elderly and those unfamiliar with their surroundings may find help with using a GPS device that warns about wrong-way turns. These systems run from $60 to $2,000. The news story can be found at the Press-Enterprise from California.