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ADOT To Begin Work On Wrong-Way Driver Detection System

The Arizona Department of Transportation is implementing new thermal cameras to detect wrong-way freeway drivers.

The $3.7 million project is being installed along a 15-mile stretch of I-17 between I-10 to the south and northern segment of Loop 101. ADOT engineer Jim Windsor said the cameras will be placed at on-ramps in the area.

“There’s detection zones, and based on the fact that the car passing the start of the zone and then going out the other side of the zone, the camera can determine what direction the vehicle is headed so we’ll know that it’s going the wrong way,” Windsor said.

Once a driver enters the freeway, an automatic alert will be sent to DPS patrol officers. Construction of the new system is expected to start in the fall and comes in the wake of several fatal wrong-way crashes in recent weeks.

Daniel Perle rejoined the KJZZ team in May 2019, after interning during the summer of 2017.A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Perle served as the editor-in-chief of the online student-run newspaper, the Downtown Devil, and as the news director for Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run station. While in school, Perle reported on enterprise topics such as former Arizona Cardinals players suffering from the aftermath of their careers in football and the process which felons in Arizona must go through to restore their right to vote.When he’s not in the newsroom — and probably when he’s in it — Perle is scrolling through Twitter. Other than that, he enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels and practicing his three-point shooting.