Michigan to install flashing signs to stop wrong-way drivers

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Transportation plans to install a new warning system on highway ramps with the goal of reducing deadly wrong-way crashes.

Department Spokesman Nick Schirripa says flashing lights are being installed at exit ramps on U.S. 131 in Kalamazoo and I-194 in Battle Creek. He says the locations were picked because of traffic volume and crash history.

Department records show there were 374 wrong-way crashes in the state in 2017, which resulted in 13 deaths.

The warning system's sensors will trigger bright LED lights to alert drivers when their vehicles are approaching the highway in the wrong direction.

Schirripa says additional lights could be installed this year around Grand Rapids, and the technology could also be used in the Detroit area.

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1/26/2019 11:15:56 AM (GMT -5:00)