CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Multiple drivers were caught going the wrong way on Santan L-202 westbound at McClintock in Chandler Saturday morning when trying to use an on-ramp to exit the freeway.
A planned construction closure of the freeway caused a traffic backup that drivers tried to avoid by leaving the freeway via the on-ramp.
Cameras from the Arizona Department of Transportation captured many vehicles going up the McClintock Road on-ramp in an effort to exit L-202 before reaching Kyrene Road.
"On-ramps are not for escaping traffic," said ADOT in a tweet. "These drivers who didn't heed our many closure announcements headed into the closure on L-202 WB Santan. Now they're putting other drivers at risk by driving [the] wrong-way up the McClintock on-ramp."
On-ramps are not for escaping traffic. These drivers, who didn't heed our many closure announcements, headed into the closure on L-202 WB Santan. Now they're putting other drivers at risk by driving wrong-way up the McClintock onramp. That's a Trooper turning them around. pic.twitter.com/y9pY7Rb8as— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) October 19, 2019
ADOT said troopers turned those drivers around.
People who live near the 202 and McClintock said they were surprised to hear about the wrong-way drivers.
“It’s increased,” said Cindy Ruiz, who has lived in Chandler for 25 years. “I mean it’s ridiculous the way it’s gotten. It’s gotten really, really bad, and it’s getting more scarier.”
Another believed those drivers are putting the lives of themselves and others in danger.
“It’s quite dangerous because you never know who’s trying to get into the highway in the right direction. So, I guess they just risk everyone’s life,” said Jesus Nieto.
Bethany Garcia-Flores worries about her mom driving on freeways.
“That’s irresponsible, and they really shouldn’t be doing it because not only are they putting their own lives at risk, but it’s also everybody else that is driving that they’re not gonna see coming,” she said.
Although Arizona Department of Public Safety is unable to provide the number of wrong-way drivers, they said they are trying to cite as many people as possible.
Avoid WB SR-202 near McClintock. Troopers are citing those who drive wrong-way & on the shoulder. All of our resources in the area are focused on dealing with these dangerous drivers. Please note these delays are also impacting SR-101. #AZTraffic #AZTroopers https://t.co/yVNsh4maUE— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) October 19, 2019