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    Wrong Way Drivers - Epidemic

    It's May and we've experienced @ 30 wrong way driver's..
    Last week 2 young college girls (sister's) were headed North - a young man (attends same college) entered the freeway headed South.
    The problem is the young man entered the freeway using the Off Ramp.
    Naturally this was a head on collision & every one died.

    Entering the freeway using the Off Ramp - how is this happening?

    Is there another STATE experiencing "Wrong Way Driver Epidemic"?

    Is it my State lacking in proper safety - signs- engineering - what??

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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

    Im trying to figure out how youd be capable of entering an off ramp without others beeping you to warn of the mistake. And they all died? Whats the speed limit on your ramps?

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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

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    Usually entering a ramp to the freeway your entering from a complete stop or entering/merging from a speed from 25 to 30 mph and increasing as your entering the freeway.
    This is why I'm asking - we've had @ 30 wrong way drivers this year.

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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

    Im trying to put myself in that position..youd have to turn into traffic before the off ramp exit.cant be done here ....gutters and barriers...."wrong way go back" signs.
    You mentioned young people. Better driving instruction? Most of our on ramps have traffic lights just at the point of merging onto the freeway so its impossible to speed and it regulates the traffic.
    I dont know . Very sad that young people have died though. 30 sounds a lot though, maybe look at the infrastructure of the roads? Sounds like some engineering is wanting

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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

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    Sounds like the freeways are pretty much set up them same.

    I've never heard of this happening and now this year alone we have 30 - and the majority end with a head on collision with all party's dying.

    After investigation - authorities announce the wrong way driver is under the influence. Authorities posted more signs "wrong way go back" etc.

    I asked hubby - if the legalizing marijuana has any merit in the increase of wrong way drivers?
    I also wonder if spikes were used for the wrong way - at least the vehicle wouldn't go too far?
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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

    We get the odd incident usually someone taking the wrong turning off a roundabout. Bigger problem is the occasional foreign driver forgetting what side of the road they should be on.

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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

    I came across one place (don't remember where) that had a problem with this sort of thing happening on a local Dual Carriageway, so they put in some of those sprung plates like they have in many car parks that go down when heading in the right direction, but remain up, blocking your path if heading the wrong way.

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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

    It is pretty hard to miss the bright red "DO NOT ENTER" and "WRONG WAY" signs on both sides of a highway exit ramp.

    btw: I wouldn't worry too much about mj legalization making things worse. From my observations over the years, the stoned drivers tend to be overly cautious while the drunk drivers tend to be more aggressive.

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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

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    Are you saying the "wrong way driver" is a drunk driver?

    We've had drunks on the road for years - but wrong way - we never had this. it's a growing statistic.
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    Re: Wrong Way Driver's - Epidemic

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    I'm saying I don't know what the cause of the increase is, but that I find it to be unlikely that it is mj. For one thing, it will be next year before it is legal to sell it.

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