NDOT Testing Out New "Wrong Way" Signs On Thursday

Number Of Wrong-Way Crashes Continues To Climb

Mitch Kelly
February 27, 2020 - 7:50 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - In an effort to counter a number of high-profile crashes that have involved wrong-way drivers, the Nevada Department of Transpotation begins testing a pilot program on Thursday with the goal to end wrong-way wrecks.

Beginning Thursday,drivers in the northwest will see a special sign at the intersection of U.S. 95 and Durango. If a driver is enterning the freeway from the wrong direction, a sensor will be activated and the sign will start to flash. It's hoped that the red flashes will indicate to the driver that they've made a directional mistake.

The test is scheduled to run on Thursday between the hours of 9am and 10am, then again between 9pm and 10pm. If all goes well, it's hoped that the signs will be activated on a full-time basis later this year.

So far in 2020, the Nevada Highway Patrol says they've responded to 74 calls involving wrong way drivers, compared to 59 at the same time in 2019.