Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Severe Tire Damage for Preventing Wrong Way Driving?

Last July, Diane Schuler caused her death and that of 7 others by driving the wrong way onto a controlled access highway- the Taconic State Parkway in Westchester County New York - entering it via an off ramp and driving for over a mile before having a head on collision.

While attention focuses upon after the fact measures of punishment, has anyone even considered installing something akin to the 'Severe Tire Damage' devices used at entryways to parking lots, on highway off-ramps to prevent such wrong way vehicles from proceeding onto the highway? With such devices are designed for slow speed (5 mph) traffic, a variation allowing higher speeds could take out the tires of wrong way vehicles preventing such accidents and resulting in Diane Schuler explaining to her husband why she needs to replace her vehicle's tires.

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