Wrong way driving accidents are some of the most devastating accidents in impact, and very often result in injuries and fatalities. The state of Florida will soon begin an experiment aimed at helping reduce the risk of such accidents. The experiment is based on a simple system that will use solar-powered flashing lights and other related devices, to warn traffic management authorities of a wrong way driver on a highway.
The high-tech plan is targeted at helping reduce the risk of wrong way accidents on the Florida Turnpike and Sawgrass Expressway. The system consists of flashing signs that alert wrong way drivers about the fact that they're heading in the wrong direction. Simultaneously, alerts will also be sent to local authorities to inform them about the presence of the wrong way driver. These devices will be installed in 15 locations on the Florida Pike and Sawgrass Expressway.
The system is based on the use of solar power, radar systems as well as cameras, and these systems will record images and location data of the wrong way driver. The radar system will identify when a vehicle is driving in the wrong direction, and it will activate the solar-powered LED lights on the sign to warn the motorist. If the driver passes the sign, the data will then immediately be transmitted to the Florida traffic management system as well as the Florida Highway Patrol's command center.
The Florida Turnpike is being chosen as the location for this initiative because of the number of wrong way driving accidents that have occurred here. Between 2010 and 2012, there were 24 wrong way driving-related accidents along the Turnpike. This initiative is the result of a project that was kick started by the Florida Department of Transportation last year.