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Florida DOT using 2 pilot programs to detect wrong-way drivers

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The Florida Department of Transportation currently has two pilot programs that will detect wrong-way drivers. The Florida Department of Transportation currently has two pilot programs that will detect wrong-way drivers.
A wrong-way crash killed a man on southbound Interstate 275 in Tampa early Friday morning. A wrong-way crash killed a man on southbound Interstate 275 in Tampa early Friday morning.
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After six people died in two wrong way crashes along I-275 in the past two weeks, News Channel 8 checked in with the Florida Department of Transportation to see what they are doing to stop wrong way drivers.

The Florida Department of Transportation currently has two pilot programs in the works that will detect wrong-way drivers.

One program along Interstate 10 uses signs with radar to detect wrong-way drivers. The signs flash "wrong way" if a wrong-way driver is detected.

"Additional signage with radar that, if a driver goes up a wrong way ramp, will flash, light up, all kinds of flashing lights to try to get that driver's attention," said Kris Carson with FDOT.

A second pilot program along the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike near Miami uses new software that detects a wrong-way driver and then alerts law enforcement.

"This would also be detection on the road, if a driver got on going to wrong way, it would alert DOT officials immediately and we could contact law enforcement," said Carson.

There is not any wrong-way detection technology along Interstate 275 where six people have died in wrong-way crashes in the last two weeks. A FDOT representative in Tampa said Friday that they will reach out to officials in Tallahassee to determine if a pilot program could be installed in Tampa.

"Considering this has happened in the Tampa Bay area, we are going to have to talk with our Tallahassee office and see if it's a pilot program they can continue in the Tampa area," added Carson. "We think it will make an impact to the driver, but if the driver is impaired, we don't know if that was the situation with these two cases in Tampa, the driver may not pay attention to that. He may not be cognizant enough to know he's going the wrong way, even with flashing lights."

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