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Stay Right at Night

Stay Right at Night

Safe driving tip to avoid dangerous wrong way drivers and over center-line collisions

Author: FleetLogik/Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Categories: Featured, FastFacts

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The slogan refers to driving in the furthest right hand lane possible and is a good tip for drivers to follow to avoid wrong way drivers. 

Statistics show most fatal crashes happen in the center or left lanes because wrong-way drivers think they are on the right side. Driving in the right lane could keep you from a wrong-way driver's path

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs are at a much higher risk for entering a divided highway on the wrong side, so the holiday season is a particularly high-risk period for wrong-way driving — especially at night.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has launched a new phone app that alerts motorists of nearby wrong-way drivers. The app is tied into ADOT's pilot I-17 wrong-way vehicle alert system, which uses thermal cameras to detect wrong-way vehicles on I-17 off-ramps.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers these safety tips for motorists to avoid collisions with wrong-way drivers:

  • Remember this motto: Stay right at night. Wrong-way collisions occur most often at night and in left or center lanes. Most wrong-way drivers realize they’re impaired and opt to drive in what they think are the slower lanes. They aren’t aware that their right lane is actually the left lane.
  • If you see a wrong-way driver approaching ahead, immediately reduce your speed and pull off the roadway. Call 911 immediately.
  • Stay alert. Do not drive distracted. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Learn and obey all traffic signs. If you drive past a wrong-way sign, turn around immediately.

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