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ADOT studying radar-based wrong-way driver alert system

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PHOENIX — Arizona motorists could soon be alerted about a wrong-way driver by new technology.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking into using radar-based technology to detect wrong-way drivers.

“What we’re focusing on are possible faster alerts,” the agency’s Doug Nintzel said.

Nintzel said the technology could let ADOT, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and other drivers know about a wrong-way driver in the area.

“(It) could possibly tie into warning systems, like our overhead message boards,” he said.

The technology has been tested along the Loop 101 at both Glendale and Peoria avenues, but Nintzel said the study is in its early phases.

Nintzel said, despite promise, the radar-based system is not designed to halt wrong-way drivers, but warn other motorists in the area.

State law-enforcement and transportation officials called an emergency meeting in early 2014 to address the spike in wrong-way crashes after seven people died in a one-week span in May.

KTAR’s Lauren Grifo contributed to this report.