New Signage Prevents Denver Wrong Way Crashes

Oct. 3, 2012

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows head-on collisions account for only 2 percent of all motor vehicle accidents yet they are responsible for as much as 10 percent of all crash fatalities. To battle the problem, the State of Colorado has decided to install new signage along a particularly dangerous stretch of road in the Denver area.

An article published by the Denver Post states new flashing wrong way signs are planned to be installed along each off ramp on E-470. The signs are going to be placed five feet from the ground to make them more visible to motorists. The director of engineering for the highway, Neil Thomson, said the signs are being placed lower than normal in an effort to catch the attention of drunk drivers, one of the leading causes of Denver car accidents. In addition, pavement arrows will be placed along the exits as well.

This particular stretch of highway was selected due to its higher than average number of wrong way drivers during the past year. Reports indicate as many as 24 wrong way drivers were pulled over on the road since Oct. 2011.

The signs will cost an estimated $150,000, and the project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2013.

The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm hope the project is successful in reducing the risk of an auto accident along the Denver toll way.

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