Gov. Ducey responds to latest wrong-way driving deaths

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Governor Doug Ducey is now ordering state agencies to step up its efforts to curb wrong-way driving crashes following the latest deadly freeway wreck Tuesday night.

This comes one day after two drivers were killed and a third injured Tuesday night on State Route 51.

[RELATED: DPS: 2 people dead after wrong-way crash at the Mini-Stack]

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Ducey said action must be taken to stop this fatal trend on Valley roads.

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State transportation officials plan to install thermal camera technology this fall that can notify drivers and public safety officials of wrong-way drivers.

Ducey wants to speed the process up.  

"I want those cameras implemented as quickly as possible, and expanded to as many areas as possible where they may make a difference and save a life," Ducey said in the press release.

The governor also wants the public to know that he considers wrong-way drivers an "extremely serious" issue.

"Our goal is to reduce fatalities and save lives, and we will take every appropriate measure in order to do so," Ducey said.

[ONLINE: Governor Ducey's full statement on wrong-way drivers]

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