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New York goes high-tech to fight wrong-way crashes

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New York State has begun installing a new system that will use Dopler radar to detect vehicles going the wrong-way, which will, in turn, trigger flashing LED signs and text alerts to drivers’cellphones and local police as part of a high-tech system to combat wrong-way collisions on its Thruways.

It should be noted, that the new system does not allow motorists to violate the state’s no-texting laws.

The system, developed by Thruway engineer Steve Velicky, and made by Fiberdyne Labs in conjunction with Herkimer Industries will be installed at the Buffalo exit at Niagara Falls (Interstate 190) to start, followed by Nyack, the site of several serious wrong-way crashes. More exits will then be added gradually along the 570-mile interstate highway system in the coming months, according to State Police Superintendant Joseph A. D’Amico.

“New York is the first state in the nation to use this sophisticated technology to enhance traffic safety and save lives,” pronounced Governor Andrew Cuomo, who noted that there were 17 fatalities and 15 deaths due to wrong-way crashes on the Thruway last year.

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