Milwaukee County Sheriff's Dept. to unveil technology for curbing wrong-way drivers

CREATED Oct 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 9, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- After dozens of wrong-way driving incidents, Milwaukee County has come up with a new plan to try to keep you safe, and they were set to announce the new plan on Tuesday.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department has partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOT), and Traffic & Parking Control Company, Inc. (TAPCO).  

They'll announce a plan to install state-of-the-art technology at on-and off-ramps in the county. 

Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Erik Bilstad reports that the wrong way driver alert locations will include:
- North 6th Street and West Kilbourn Avenue
- I-43 at Green Bay Road
- I-94 at Hawley Road
- I-94 at Mitchell Boulevard
- I-794 at North Lincoln Memorial Drive
- Miller Park Way in both directions at Frederick Miller Way
- U.S. 41 northbound at State Street and West Martin Drive
- U.S. 41 southbound at State Street and North Alois Street

A TAPCO representative gave TODAY'S TMJ4 a taste of what's to come.

Some of it you can see for yourself on the company's website

It includes flashing LED warning signs and sensors that will warn drivers danger is heading toward you.

That warning could be seen on the kind of traffic billboards that tell you how long your commute looks. 

The detection system has the ability to alert deputies and the DOT that a car is traveling the wrong way. 

It tells them where it happened and what time, to better help them track the driver down.

The official announcement on the project is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.