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New camera system to target wrong-way drivers on I-94 ramp in Jackson County

Posted at 8:46 AM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 08:46:46-05

The Michigan Department of Transportation has finished installing new safety cameras targeting wrong-way drivers on the eastbound I-94 exit ramp to Sargent Road in Jackson County.

The Wrong Way Alert System is designed to help prevent motorists from driving the wrong way on freeways. Cameras in the system detect when a car is driving toward it; when that happens, high-intensity red LED flasher lights mounted on each of the wrong way signs are activated, warning drivers that they are going the wrong way.

"Wrong-way crashes are considered the most serious type of traffic collisions," said Jackson Transportation Service Center Manager Kelby Wallace. "This alert system is the first of its kind in our region and is part of our mission to increase safety and prevent crashes. Safety is paramount to MDOT."

Wallace says the new cameras are expected to be operational by early December.