New York uses radar to end wrong-way threat

Updated: 12/04/2013 6:22 PM
Created: 12/04/2013 6:41 AM WHEC.com
By: Chalonda Roberts

It's something many drivers fear. Another car coming at them on the highway going the wrong way. On Wednesday, the New York State Thruway Authority announced they have a way they hope will prevent it. It's a high-tech system that uses Doppler radar and LED signage. 

New York is the first state in the country to use this high tech system in hopes of improving traffic safety and saving lives. As soon a driver enters the Thruway traveling the wrong direction, it is identified through Doppler radar.  A customized LED message board flashes on either side of the road alerting the driver they are traveling the wrong way and it instructs them to pull over. A fiber optic system will also trigger messages to other drivers alerting them of the wrong way driver. 

News10NBC spoke to drivers traveling the Thruway who had mixed reactions about the new alert system.

Elaine Hollis said, “I think it's a wonderful idea, there's been accidents, people have been killed with people getting on the wrong way, so I think whatever they can do to stop that would be a wonderful idea.”

Right now, there's just one location where the system is being used It is at Exit 9 in Buffalo. Another will be installed soon downstate in Rockland County. The plan is to install more, but the authority could not say where and when just yet. 


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