Another Fatal Wrong Way Accident; How Can We Stop Them?

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GRAPEVINE, TX — A head on collision on Highway 114 in Grapevine brought traffic to a halt this morning, and resulted in 2 deaths.

The cause was yet another wrong way driver on the freeway.

Not surprisingly, the primary cause of these wrong way accidents is alcohol. A National Transportation Safety Board report from 2013 shows that nearly 70% of wrong-way drivers involved in accidents were intoxicated.

Not only that but 59% were nearly double the legal limit!

TXDot in Dallas is trying a number of things to cut back on this collisions, including increased signage. According to Dallas spokesperson Tony Hartzel, a plan to put raised, reflective lettering on ramps that would let these drivers know when they’re going up the wrong way.

The Fort Worth TXDot is also implementing new measures, like increased signage and cameras to alert authorities of wrong way drivers. Spokesperson Val Lopez told NewsFix that their measures can only do so much, and with massive intoxication being the primary source of these deadly collisions, the responsibility is on the driver to not get behind that wheel when they can’t even tell which way they’re going.