Shirkey praises MDOT plan to reduce wrong-way crashes

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey on Monday applauded an initiative by the Michigan Department of Transportation to reduce wrong-way accidents in Jackson County.

“Wrong-way crashes can be devastating, since they often include very serious injuries,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “It is encouraging when steps are taken to reduce these types of accidents, and MDOT’s recent project aims to do just that. I am grateful for their work.”

The Michigan Department of Transportation is installing a safety system at the I-94 eastbound exit ramp at Sargent/Ann Arbor roads in Leoni Township that may help prevent motorists from driving the wrong way on freeways.

The Wrong Way Alert System is a camera system that detects when a car is driving toward it and then actives red LED flasher lights mounted on each of the wrong-way signs.

“Wrong-way crashes are considered the most serious type of traffic collisions,” said Jackson Transportation Service Center Manager Kelby Wallace. “This alert system is the first of its kind in our region and we are interested in preventing future incidents. Driver safety is paramount to MDOT.”

The Wrong Way Alert System for I-94 at Sargent/Ann Arbor roads includes six devices to inform drivers that they are going the wrong way. MDOT has been evaluating these new countermeasures in hopes of reducing the number of wrong-way collisions.