Going the wrong way on a one-way street can potentially kill innocent people. While this type of accident should never happen on clearly-marked streets, inattentive driving and failure to plan routes carefully and impaired drivers cause this type of crash to continues to happen on a regular basis.
Wrong-Way Driving: A Bigger Problem Than You Think
Arizona has struggled with the problem of wrong-way accidents for some time. Between 2008 and 2012 there were 78 fatalities related to people going the wrong way on one-way streets.
One of the major factors that contributes to this problem is DUI. These drivers are far more likely to misunderstand street signs or ignore them altogether than sober drivers. In fact, national studies show that 75 percent of the problem of wrong-way driving is caused by impaired drivers. While there are other factors that contribute to this problem, such as a medical condition or texting on a cell phone, DUI remains the number-one cause of wrong-way crashes.
In response to the issue of wrong-way driving, the Arizona Department of Transportation has made larger, lower street signs which will be more visible in the hope that they may help prevent future wrong-way driving. For now, it is one tangible thing that can be done to try to solve the problem. Of course, the signs will cost the taxpayers at least $150,000. There has also been talk of installing digital sensors to detect wrong-way drivers at certain streets. These sensors could alert authorities to dangerous conditions prior to a crash.
Increasing DUI Arrests Also A Solution
After all is said and done, however, arresting more DUI drivers will always be the cheapest and easiest solution in the minds of the public. The prevailing attitude is that the more drunk drivers who are arrested and off the road, the less likely it is that wrong-way crashes will occur.
In order to catch more drunk drivers, law enforcement officials will likely ask for and receive more money for DUI saturation patrols, roadblocks and new testing equipment.
This means that the police are on the hunt for DUI drivers now more than ever. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, Alex Lane, a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, may be able to help you. Alex Lane has years of experience defending those charged with DUIs and can help you navigate the legal issues related to a DUI. In Arizona, DUIs are not handled lightly. Do not handle your defense lightly. Call Alex Lane today.