Arizona averages more than 2 wrong-way crashes per month

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

So far this year, Arizona has averaged more than two serious or deadly crashes caused by wrong-way drivers per month.

The latest, on a ramp between Interstate 10 and the Loop 202 on Tuesday, killed two people and sent two others to the hospital.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety reports there were 27 serious or deadly crashes this year.

Troopers responded to 1,609 reports of wrong-way drivers.   

"In most instances, these people reorient themselves and exit the highway," said Raul Garcia, a public information officer for DPS.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has installed hundreds of oversized warning signs at ramps statewide.

The agency is planning a wrong-way vehicle detection and warning system for a stretch of Interstate 17 in Phoenix.

The system would include the use of in-pavement sensors and other technology to detect a wrong-way driver and alert both DPS and other drivers of the danger.

ADOT is not looking into installing spikes or stop strips on ramps. Officials said they only work on slow-moving vehicles and do not deflate tires quickly enough to prevent a driver from getting onto a freeway.

[RELATED: ADOT taking steps to reduce number of wrong-way crashes]

[RELATED: Why spike strips won't stop Arizona's wrong-way crashes]

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