Sheriff: Confusing off-ramps add to wrong-way driving danger

CREATED Feb 4, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 4, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - While alcohol is a factor in many wrong way driving incidents in Milwaukee County, a study commissioned by Sheriff David Clarke also places blame on confusing interstate off-ramps.

The study showed many off-ramps have poorly placed wrong way signage. Clarke suggests Milwaukee County move signs lower to the ground which would place them in drivers' line of sight.
"Some of these signs are too high up in the air, they're not in your normal line of sight," Clarke said.
The Sheriff found a number of ramps that could be rebuilt and made safer. He is also suggesting flashing wrong way signs, like the one near the courthouse.
As a next step, Sheriff Clarke plans to sit down with the state DOT.
A lot of these ideas are being used in other places around the country, but this is the first organized effort to bring these kinds of changes to Wisconsin.