Thursday, August 16, 2018
Public safety

Wrong-way driver alert? Here’s what to do

TAMPA — Anyone who has spent much time on Florida highways has probably seen those seven disconcerting words that occasionally flash on electronic road signs:

"Wrong-way driver alert. Use extreme caution."

Yes. They mean you.

Traffic monitors post the warnings in the general vicinity of a report of a wrong-way driver, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

They don’t necessarily mean someone is still barreling down the interstate toward you, but they could mean that, and it’s important to pay attention.

So what should right-way drivers do? Remember to go right.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ website advises motorists who see an alert to slow down, move to the right lane and proceed with "extreme caution."

If you see a wrong-way driver approaching, immediately pull off the roadway.

You could also exit the interstate at your first opportunity, but that’s not what officials say you must do.

"We’re not telling anyone to do anything dramatic other than be alert because there may be a problem," Gaskins said.

"Just be cognizant."

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