Encountering a Wrong Way Driver

02 August 2019   Lieutenant Corey Kasun, Prescott PD
Wrong Way Driver Leads to Collision. What You Can Do If You Encounter a Wrong Way Driver 

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at approximately 5:49 PM Prescott Police responded to a 2 vehicle collision on State Route 69 just east of Walker Rd. Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the collision was caused by a wrong way driver who was experiencing a medical episode. 

Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of this collision. However, these types of incidents involving wrong way drivers often times end tragically with serious injury or death. As such, the Prescott Police Department would like to offer these safety tips in case you encounter a wrong way driver on the roadway.

First, stay vigilant and always scan well ahead while you are driving. This will assist you in detecting a wrong way driver and allow you more time to react.

Drive in the right hand lane of travel whenever possible. Typically wrong way drivers travel in the left lane believing that they are on a two lane, undivided roadway.

If you encounter a wrong way driver, slow down quickly and pull off to the right side of the roadway if at all possible. 

The vast majority of wrong way drivers can be attributed to impairment or confusion. Stay extra alert while driving between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. as 70% of wrong way driver incidents occur between these hours. 

If a collision is unavoidable, brake hard and steer your vehicle sideways to help avoid a head-on collision. While serious injury may still occur, you will increase your chances of survival by avoiding a head-on collision.

If you have successfully avoided a wrong way driver, pull over and immediately call 911. Never assume someone else has already phoned the police.

And finally, always wear your seatbelt! Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.


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