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Why Spikes Aren’t The Answer to Stopping Wrong-Way Drivers

DUNMORE — Since our special assignment report in May on wrong-way drivers, viewers have asked why PennDOT doesn’t put spike on the ramps — lik...
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DUNMORE -- Since our special assignment report in May on wrong-way drivers, viewers have asked why PennDOT doesn't put spike on the ramps -- like those in parking lots -- to prevent drivers from going the wrong way.

As PennDOT crews continue to install bigger, brighter and lower wrong-way signs, plenty of people have reached out to PennDOT and Newswatch 16 about why aren't one-way spike strips being installed to help prevent wrong-way crashes.

They allow cars to easily drive over them in one direction but not in the other.

Dennis Giordano with PennDOT has heard the idea over and over again.

"From a maintenance standpoint, you've got to remember a couple of things. We have salt that we use for de-icing materials. When you have metal and salt and anything that moves, something like that put in the road would require almost nonstop maintenance," said Giordano.

And that's just the first of many reasons why spikes are not the answer.

On top of the fact that spike strips are predominantly meant for private businesses where cars drive about 5 mph. Anything more than that   Giordano explains, would still pop your tire even if you're going the right  way.

"If we were to put them, you would have a large influx of rear-end crashes on an exit ramp which is an unsafe situation."

PennDOT added that snow plows and emergency vehicles often have  to go the wrong way on a ramp to get to where they are needed sooner

PennDOT experimented with one-way rumble strips which are supposed to make a louder noise if you're going over them the wrong way. the Problem with that is that they really couldn't tell the difference from the wrong rumble to the right rumble.