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Lawmaker proposes tire spikes to stop wrong-way drivers
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services

Posted on 02/08/2018 5:53:25 AM PST by SandRat

PHOENIX — Saying warning signs and detection systems may not be the right answer, a state lawmaker has a more radical approach to stopping wrong-way drivers: slicing and dicing their tires.

Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita wants state transportation officials to identify highway stretches that have a high potential for people driving head-on into traffic. More to the point, HB 2539 would mandate the installation of spikes "that shred the vehicle tires of any wrong-way driver.''

Her legislation comes amid what appears to be an increasing number of motorists ending up on the wrong side of divided highways.

The Department of Public Safety reported this past June that it already had 740 individual and discrete reports that year of wrong-way drivers on Arizona freeways. And between 2004 and 2014 — the most recent figures available — there were 245 wrong-way crashes resulting in 91 fatalities.

Gov. Doug Ducey made special mention of the issue in his State of the State speech, directing DPS to put more troopers on the highways during late-night hours to watch for wrong-way drivers and proposing stiffer penalties.

In the meantime, the Department of Transportation has erected large red-and-white signs on freeways informing drivers that if they are reading those signs they're going the wrong way. And the agency has installed an infrared detection system along 15 miles of Interstate 17 in Phoenix.

"I just don't think they're very practical and economical,'' Ugenti-Rita told Capitol Media Services, with a $3.7 million price tag for that stretch of I-17.

"I'm looking at a more balanced approach,'' she said. "I think the spike controls are an option to be considered.''

The question remains, however, whether they would do what they're supposed to do.

A spokesman for ADOT said his agency takes no position on legislation.

But he noted that a 2015 study done for the state — the one that resulted in the decision on the infrared detection system — also looked at what other states have done. And that included a research analysis in Texas specifically looking at spike strips, sharp barbs on springs that should fold over when a motorist is going in the right direction but remaining rigid when encountering a tire rolling the wrong way.

The results were not promising.

One big issue is that these kinds of strips, often seen in places like parking lots to prevent people from leaving without paying, are generally designed to be used where people are driving very slowly, perhaps just 5 miles per hour.

Ugenti-Rita said that's not necessarily a problem if the spikes are placed at locations like the top of exit ramps, where motorists are going slower. And she said she's convinced that there has to be a company that could design a spike strip that operates at higher speeds.

But the Texas study found other problems.

During testing, for example, the spikes sometimes broke. That left stubs in the road that could damage the tires of even motorists going the right way.

Ugenti-Rita conceded that could raise some liability issues for the state.

"I'm not trying to be dismissive of those concerns,'' she said. "I just think there are solutions for them.''

And there was something else in the report: During testing, the spikes did not cause the tires to deflate quickly enough to prevent a vehicle from entering the freeway.

Ugenti-Rita said the problem is severe enough that the state needs to consider different — and more economical — solutions than the ones it already has implemented. And she said spike strips are existing technology she believes can be adapted for use on freeway exit ramps.

It isn't just in Arizona that the technology is being weighed.

In Ohio, for example, a spokesman for that state's department of transportation told reporters there the concept was dismissed after the agency concluded it would not work on freeway ramps.

No hearing has been set for her legislation.


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1 posted on 02/08/2018 5:53:25 AM PST by SandRat
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Her legislation comes amid what appears to be an increasing number of motorists ending up on the wrong side of divided highways.


How about determining the cause of this before issuing spkikes.

We have children designing our traffic system these days, no common sense..................................


2 posted on 02/08/2018 5:58:31 AM PST by PeterPrinciple (Thinking Caps are no longer being issued but there must be a warehouse full of them somewhere.)
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Freaking Nazi. There is one hog that needs to be forcefully removed from the government teat and given a real job.


3 posted on 02/08/2018 6:01:18 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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Ugenti-Rita said that’s not necessarily a problem if the spikes are placed at locations like the top of exit ramps, where motorists are going slower. And she said she’s convinced that there has to be a company that could design a spike strip that operates at higher speeds.


So now there is a vehicle with 4 flat tires, blocking traffic, or killing people in other vehicles. Another problem solved by government.


4 posted on 02/08/2018 6:01:47 AM PST by PeterPrinciple (Thinking Caps are no longer being issued but there must be a warehouse full of them somewhere.)
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Why stop there? How about automatic RPGs to destroy the target, oops car.....


5 posted on 02/08/2018 6:02:19 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: PeterPrinciple

Real smart? NOT! Deflating tires on the cars of “wrong way” drivers only creates another safety hazard as those drives stop to change tires.

As “PP” suggests, “How about determining the cause of this before issuing spikes.”


6 posted on 02/08/2018 6:05:04 AM PST by DaveA37
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How about making ENGLISH mandatory for a DL ?


7 posted on 02/08/2018 6:06:00 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: PeterPrinciple
We have children designing our traffic system these days, no common sense...

car owners too.


8 posted on 02/08/2018 6:08:42 AM PST by C210N (It is easier to fool the people than convince them that they have been fooled)
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“.....How about making ENGLISH mandatory for a DL ?....”

Correct! Yyou get an A+, Gold Star and move to the head of the class!


9 posted on 02/08/2018 6:08:48 AM PST by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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Oh it couldn’t possibly be drugs or alcohol. And with so many states rolling out the welcome mat for drug addicted bums ...


10 posted on 02/08/2018 6:09:09 AM PST by Professional
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Wrong-way drivers are an occasional problem. I’m more concerned about wrong-way thinkers, and we have lots of those.


11 posted on 02/08/2018 6:09:47 AM PST by libertylover (Kurt Schlicter: "They wonder why they got Trump. They are why they got Trump")
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Haha, that’s hilarious!


12 posted on 02/08/2018 6:11:01 AM PST by dinodino
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I’m not sure that would help if they just skipped the license but still drove. They’re already illegal, so they don’t need any stinkin’ badges/licenses.

The best fix is to build the wall, end visa lottery, end chain migration, enforce e-verify and invoke strict catch-and-deport.


13 posted on 02/08/2018 6:13:45 AM PST by Alas Babylon! (Keep fighting the Left and their Fake News!)
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It’s not “motorists” driving on the wrong side of divided highways, it’s Mexicans.

Let’s be perfectly frank about that.

For many of these folks simply using a turn signal is akin to performing quadratic equations. They just don’t have what it takes.

They are a menace to my family and yours. How many real Americans must die before we address the problem?

PS: “Ugenti-Rita” sounds like a cocktail made from gutter water.


14 posted on 02/08/2018 6:15:11 AM PST by T-Bone Texan
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Lawmaker proposes tire spikes to stop wrong-way drivers
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
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GubMint summed Up In One Single Headline!
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15 posted on 02/08/2018 6:15:13 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: SandRat

I find this unreal and amazing, funny how we never had these problems when everyone spoke the same language and was taught to drive in High School


16 posted on 02/08/2018 6:16:28 AM PST by eyeamok (Tolerance: The virtue of having a belief in Nothing!)
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Of the 745 crashes, how many drivers were seniors, illegals, drunk, high, suicidal?

Here’s my guess
Illegal-50%
Drunk25%
High-15%
Senior-10%
Suicidal-4%
Mistake-<1%


17 posted on 02/08/2018 6:16:29 AM PST by cyclotic (Trump tweets are the only news source you can trust.)
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Going the wrong way? How does she know which way they're going?


18 posted on 02/08/2018 6:18:16 AM PST by Larry Lucido (Take Covfefe Ree Zig!)
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Direct result of Jimmy Kimmel wrong way driving...../s


19 posted on 02/08/2018 6:31:44 AM PST by cranked
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Disney does it at WDW......................


20 posted on 02/08/2018 6:34:48 AM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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