State to launch program aimed at ending wrong-way driving

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MassDOT is launching a pilot program to stop wrong-way drivers. 

Since 2014, there have been over 30 deaths due to wrong-way vehicle crashes. 

Now, the agency is working on a wrong-way vehicle detection system pilot project, starting at 17 highway ramps that are prone to wrong-way drivers. 

A man from Springfield says it’s a good idea to stop this issue from getting any worse. 

“It’s a safety thing more or less to stop people from getting on-ramps and going the wrong way, so whatever protocols they put into place, they’ll benefit everybody,” said Michael Belanger. 

MassDOT said new technology will help detect wrong-way travel.  

They also installed “Do Not Enter” and “Wrong Way” signs on more than 430 ramps across the state. 

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