Wrong-way driving crashes occur when a driver has not observed posted traffic signs and proceeds in a lane going the wrong direction, increasing the risk of a head-on collision. To reduce wrong-way driving incidents, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is implementing Wrong-Way Vehicle Detection Systems (WWVDS) that help motorists properly identify interstate exit ramps to avoid entering the wrong way.
FDOT is increasing the amount of wrong-way signage, roadway reflectors and pavement markings on select State Highway System ramps in Central Florida. Each sign is equipped with radar to detect vehicles traveling the wrong way. Once triggered, lights begin to flash to notify the driver they are traveling in the wrong direction. If the motorist continues in the wrong way, radar detection sends alerts to FDOT traffic managers and law enforcement. At the same time, a wrong-way driver alert will appear on electronic messaging boards along the interstate to warn other motorists.
The first installation of WWVDS and other driving deterrents is part of the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate project. When completed, motorists can expect to see detection signs at eastbound and westbound exit ramps along Interstate 4 (I-4) in Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties.
This first batch of detection systems are being installed at the following I-4 interchanges:
- Central Florida Parkway
- Sand Lake Road (S.R. 482)
- Lake Mary Boulevard
- County Road 46A
- S.R. 46
- Orange Boulevard/U.S. 17-92
- Dirksen Drive
- Saxon Boulevard
Additional ramps on I-4 will receive WWVDS, including at interchanges within the I-4 Ultimate zone once construction is complete.