Automatically Detecting Wrong-way Drivers on the Highway System

Vehicles that utilize exit ramps by entering in the wrong direction present one of the most serious traffic hazards on the national highway system. On average, approximately 350 people are killed annually in the United States as a result of wrong-way crashes. This typically occurs when the errant driver is impaired or confused. Existing intelligent transportation system field devices are capable of dual functionality to enhance safety by detecting wrong-way drivers. This paper explores some of the possibilities to detect wrong-way drivers immediately upon entry; notify the traffic management center and public safety dispatch of the wrong-way entry point; and inform the errant driver of their potentially fatal mistake via visual and/or audible warnings to prompt drivers into corrective action.

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    • Abstracts used with permission of ERTICO – ITS Europe. A version of this paper was published in the TRB 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, available online at:
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  • Authors:
    • Simpson, Sarah
    • Karimvand, Reza
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  • Publication Date: 2015


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: 22nd ITS World Congress. Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01600464
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ITS-2228
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 2016 11:31AM