- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Department of Transportation is installing flashing signs on exit ramps along Interstate 275 in Tampa to help reverse a dangerous trend of wrong-way drivers.

On Thursday, crews installed the permanent signs on the ramp from the northbound lanes of I-275. Officials tell the Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1sQUeBX ) they still need federal approval to use the signs.

The installation of the first sign came hours after the Florida Highway Patrol charged a 49-year-old woman with DUI after she drove northbound on a highway. She told them she thought she was heading the right way on I-75. Since February, 11 people have died in five crashes caused by wrong-way drivers along Tampa area highways.

The solar powered red and white flashing signs are in addition to wrong-way signs already in place.


Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com



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