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BG students design wrong-way driver prevention system

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Just over one year ago, three students from Bowling Green State University were killed in a wrong-way crash. Now some of their fellow students at BGSU have an idea that might stop it from happening again.

Two BGSU engineering students have designed a program to stop wrong-way drivers

"Obviously, this incident impacts many people in the BG-Toledo area, because it hit home with people around here," says BGSU student Seth Cooper. "It's a big deal for us."

The system is basically a magnetic system in the ground to detect a wrong-way driver.

"As the car travels forward the system detects you going in the wrong direction," says partner Kevin Baumann. "It will activate the entire system. These wrong-way signs are illuminated with LED."

They feel the lights would immediately warn drivers.

"If the wrong way lights failed to stop the driver, they would come forward, hit the spike strips, disabling the vehicle. At the same time, here this sign is also illuminated to warn drivers exiting the freeway that there is a car."

A little white box would control everything. The students say the system can be remotely shutdown for emergency vehicles.

They're hoping transportation companies will adopt their concept.  The students say it will cost about $150,000 to $200,000 to build.

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