The 1st National Wrong-Way Driving Summit

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Welcome to the official website of the 2013 National Wrong-Way Driving Summit.You can access information about the summit such as agenda, registration process and fee, call for abstract, and other pertinent information here!

Wrong-Way Driving

Driving the wrong way on freeways has been a consistent traffic safety problem since the interstate system was opened in the 1950s. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), the number of fatalities caused by wrong-way driving ranges between 350 and 500 per year. About one percent of traffic fatalities are caused by wrong-way driving. The average economic loss due to wrong-way crashes in U.S. is over 2.38 billion dollars per year. There has no national level effort to mitigate wrong-way incidents and prevent the wrong-way crashes. A recent research in Illinois identified the factors that contribute to wrong-way crashes and develop countermeasures to reduce these driving errors and related crashes. Several other states have developed strategies and countermeasures to mitigate the wrong-way crashes, including, but not limited to, California, Texas, Washington, Michigan and Florida.

The summit is sponsored by the Illinois Center for Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation. The objective of this summit is to provide a platform for both practitioners and researchers to exchange ideas and develop the best practices to reduce wrong-way driving crashes and incidents through a 4 E’s approach (Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Emergency Response) by convening a range of topics as below:


  • Current Standard and Guideline of Wrong-way Signage and Pavement Marking
  • Current Standard and Guideline of Geometric Design and Access Control to Prevent Wrong-Way Entry
  • Advanced Signage and Pavement Markings
  • Advanced Detection and Warning System
  • Statewide Wrong-way Driving Monitor Program


  • Public Awareness and Understanding of
    • Basics of road designs and Interchange types
    • Acts to do (witnessing a wrong way driver)
    • Possible damages to society or a family
  • Education Program for the Focus Group
    • Young Drivers
    • Older Drivers
    • DUI Drivers

Enforcement/Emergency Response

  • Standard Procedures to Report the Wrong-way Crashes
  • Data Driven Patrol-DUI Check Points
  • Strategies and Procedure to Respond a Wrong-way Driving Incidents
    • Portable spike barriers to stop WW drivers
    • Confinement, to close toll barriers, tunnel and motorway access the area
    • Radio and DMS warning to right-way drivers

Limited travel funds are available for state and local employees to attend the summit. The researchers, consultants, and vendors are welcome to submit papers, presentations or exhibit requests to summit organizers.

Illinois Department of Transportation

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Last updated: 08/08/2013.