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New study shows wrong-way crashes are few but deadly
The Ohio Highway Patrol completed a more than two-year research project focusing on wrong-way accidents on super highways
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Tim Rudell
 
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A “wrong-way” crash on Ohio’s divided highways is 100 times more likely to kill someone than an ordinary traffic accident.  So says a multi-year study just released by the Ohio Highway Patrol.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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The data shows “wrong ways,” as they are called by troopers, are relatively rare; there were 60 statewide during the study period from January of 2011 to April of this year. 
But people died in 22 of those.By comparison, there were 22 fatal crashes for every 6,000 of all other kinds of accidents in the state during that time.  The study also shows wrong-ways happen mostly at night, on interstates. 

ODOT
Melisa Ayers of the Ohio Department of Transportation welcomed the patrol data and says the agency is working on ways improve super highway safety, including a road surveillance idea about to go into testing.

“We’re looking at piloting a program in Columbus and Dayton to sort of refit existing traffic cameras with some technology that might be able spot wrong-way drivers and then we could alert local law enforcement.”

Drinking and drugs
The Highway Patrol research shows another law enforcement issue: More than half of drivers accused of causing wrong-way crashes were suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and half of them had previous convictions for driving while impaired.  


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Listener Comments:

Did the state really spend money on a study to tell us that driving the wrong way on an interstate is deadly-and it took two years to figure it out? And, even more surprising, a news agency that prides itself on thoughtful, intelligent reporting spent the energy to print it-the real story is about the inane ways in which our tax pay dollars are being spent! Or maybe a study on the number of studies being conducted-that really deserves a study.


Posted by: Don (Highland Heights) on June 30, 2013 9:06AM
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