On Thursday, October 16, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) hosted a press conference to address the shocking increase in wrong-way crashes this year caused by impaired driving. The conference began with FHP Director, Colonel David Brierton, introducing the wrong-way driving campaign and FHP’s initiative to work with the Florida Department of Transportation to help prevent these crashes from occurring in the future. Brierton stated that FHP will be doing their part by launching an intensive patrol to target DUI and wrong-way driving in the Tampa Bay area.
The Florida Department of Transportation District 7 Secretary Paul Steinman was on hand to introduce the new system of wrong-way detection signs that will be installed on major interstate off-ramps. These signs will help alert law enforcement and motorists when a driver enters the interstate in the wrong direction. The signs were activated and tested for the media on-hand to display just how powerful and effective this new form of technology can be.
Col. Brierton and Secretary Steinman were also joined by State Senator Jeff Brandes, who expressed his excitement about the wrong-way technology. “The Tampa Bay area has seen an increased amount of wrong-way incidents over the past year. I am both excited and pleased that this very helpful technology is coming to our area and will help keep our motorists safe,” Brandes said.