New Flashing Signs Warn Tollway Drivers

By Susy Solis
|  Monday, Dec 14, 2009  |  Updated 7:48 AM CDT
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New Safety Measures Along Dallas North Tollway

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New Safety Measures Along Dallas North Tollway

Two LED enhanced wrong way signs are up on the southbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway near Harry Hines and more will be installed in Frisco.
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New signs are already up along the Dallas North Tollway meant to keep drivers going in the right direction.

After a string of deadly wrong crashes on the Dallas North Tollway the North Texas Tollway Authority is testing solar-powered LED enhanced "Wrong Way" signs on at least three Dallas North Tollway ramps.

The first two flashing "Wrong Way" sit on the southbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway at Harry Hines. On Monday morning, more signs will be installed on the northbound ramp at the Main Street/Cotton Gin exit and on the northbound ramp at Highway 380 in Frisco.

The new signs are part of a pilot program created by the NTTA's Wrong Way Task Force. The Task Force will assess the sign's visability and night time impact before deciding whether to add more signs to ramps along the Dallas North Tollway.

Alcohol has been a factor in all of the wrong way crashes on the Dallas North Tollway, according to Allen Clemson, Executive Director of the North Texas Tollway Authority.

"If you're that intoxicated, the LED lights aren't going to stop you," said Chris Morrow, who drives the Tollway frequently.

Mary Kardell, Executive Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said,"Anything that helps people from getting injured or killed is a good thing. M.A.D.D. supports the NTTA in what they are doing to make the roads safer."

The NTTA will hold a Town Hall Meeting at their Headquarters, 5900 W. Plano Parkway, in Plano, to discuss Roadway Safety. Representatives from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be there. The public is encouraged to attend. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15.

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