- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says its wrong-way driver detection system has been successful in protecting motorists.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1TLCPEV ) 47 wrong-way incidents ended with no injuries after the technology was installed last year.

State police and the DOT put the detectors in two dozen high-risk locations for possible wrong-way drivers.

Once the detectors sense a driver headed the wrong way, signs with LED lights flash at the driver. Authorities are then notified if the motorist continues to travel in the wrong direction.

The detectors also trigger electronic signs on highways to warn other drivers that a wrong-way driver is in the area.

The DOT says the system cost about $600,000.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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