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Preventing Wrong Way Crashes

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July 15, 2016 by Minuteman Trucks

Wrong-way collisions often have very tragic results and unfortunately, their number has been on the rise. A Michigan study showed that 22% of wrong-way crashes are fatal, often coming at the expense of 20-50 year olds impaired by alcohol, drugs, or both. Included in this statistic are elderly people, ages 70 and above who are at a greater risk for wrong-way driving.

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Most wrong-way collisions happen at night and on the weekends. Such accidents tend to happen in the left or middle lane. Often times, impaired drivers in these lanes think they’re in the slower lanes, believing they are on the right side of the road.

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Stay right at night to avoid wrong-way drivers
  • If you see a wrong-way driver, be sure to slow down and pull over. Also call 9-1-1 to report the driver.
  • Stay alert and distraction free and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Obey all traffic signs. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the road, turn around immediately.
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