Now, to the proposed government crackdown on one of the most deadly hazards on the road, wrong-way driving. The ntsb offering measures to keep dangerous drivers off the road. Jim avila has the story.... See More
Now, to the proposed government crackdown on one of the most deadly hazards on the road, wrong-way driving. The ntsb offering measures to keep dangerous drivers off the road. Jim avila has the story. Reporter: It is a frightening sight with tragic consequences, the wrong-way driver. A limited highway. Reporter: This crash in pennsylvania, killing 27-year-old tiffany allcore. We had a fatality. Someone going the highway in the wrong direction. Reporter: Nearly 400 people die each year from wrong-way driving. Most from head-on, high-speed accidents. In fact, 22% of wrong-way crashes are fatal, compared to less than 1% of all other crashes. They're completely preventable. Reporter: That's why the national transportation safety board just launched a nation wade crackdown. 15% involve drivers over 70 years old. But the real danger is alcohol. 60% of wrong-way accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Nearly 10% by repeat offenders, which is why the ntsb is requiring all 50 states require this ignition lock on all cars for anyone convicted of dui. What happens? The car will not start. Reporter: The ntsb is pushing car manufacturers to fast track new technology, installing sensors in all cars to determine if any driver is sober before allowing ignition. You won't be allowed to get behind the wheel and use your car as a lethal weapon. Reporter: The ntsb also recommends lowering and making bigger wrong way signs. And changing interchange design, by eliminated last entrances. And all in an effort to avoid tragedies for a wrong-way driver like this one in pennsylvania. For "good morning america," jim avila, abc news, washington.
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