Wrong Way Driving
- On average, 37 people are killed in wrong way collisions each year on California’s highways.
- Most wrong way crashes happen with vehicles in the left-hand lane traveling in the correct direction.
- According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, six in ten wrong-way crashes involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Of those drivers, 60% had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of .08 percent.
- In 2019, there were 248 wrong-way crashes on California highways. Nearly half, or 45%, involved drivers who were under the influence.
- Wrong-way crashes are rare – they account for less than 1% of all deadly crashes.
What To Do
- Move as far to the right as possible.
- Travel in the middle lane at night.
- Honk the horn, flash your headlights, and turn on your hazards. Then call 911. Provide as much information as possible, including the license plate number, vehicle description and direction of travel.
- Caltrans News Flash – Wrong Way Driver Pavement Markings in San Diego
- Caltrans Wrong Way Pilot Projects
- Wrong Way Pilot Projects Fact Sheet
- Wrong Way Driver Prevention FAQ
- Report: Wrong Way Pilot Projects for Prevention of Wrong Way Collisions on Freeways
- Report: Wrong Way Driving – Vision-Based Sensor System for Site Monitoring
- Article – Caltrans Pilot Program Takes on Wrong Way Collisions
- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Research Brief: Fatal Wrong-Way Crashes on Divided Highways