A State Highway Patrol analysis of wrong-way crashes since 2011 concludes they occur less frequently than other types of wrecks, but tend to be more severe and almost always involve multiple vehicles.
The report is designed to better inform motorists, law enforcement and policymakers about circumstances of wrong-way crashes and the dangers they pose on interstate highways and other high-speed roads. 60 crashes led to 31 fatalities and 85 injuries in 2011. More than 80 percent happened at night, and more than half of the wrong-way drivers were suspected of drug or alcohol impairment. The patrol says increased enforcement, awareness and penalties would help address the problem.