By: Galen H. Satterlee
This is beyond absurd. Yet another wrong-way collision occurred last night along the Interstate 17 near Downtown Phoenix. According to news reports, approximately 20 calls were made to 911 alerting them of the wrong-way driver, but they were unable to stop him before he caused the crash. At least two people, including the wrong-way driver, were critically injured and had to be extricated from their vehicles.
The wrong-way driver is being investigated for possibly being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. The frequency of wrong-way crashes is alarming. The Arizona Department of Transportation is scrambling to figure out solutions, but they seem pre-occupied with notification systems. As indicated by last night's wrong-way crash, notifying DPS of a wrong-way driver is NOT the problem. Impaired driving is THE problem.
The horrific wrong-way crashes that have occurred around Phoenix over the last several months generally have a common denominator - a driver that was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. AZ Central has a timeline chronicling the wrong-way driver problem and providing further perspective on the severity of these crashes and the toll they take in terms of injury and death.
While ADOT focuses on education, enforcement, and engineering, we need the Office for Highway Safety and others to focus on reducing the number of drunk drivers on the roadways. It is a complex problem, but we need to work hard to find solutions, because doing nothing is leading to more deaths and more injuries. #stopdrunkdriving
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