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The New York State Thruway Authority is using technology to make the road safer.

It’s installing Doppler-radar-enhanced LED signs at two exits where there have historically been wrong-way driver crashes: the Niagara Expressway at I-190 in Buffalo and exit 10 on I-87 in Rockland County.

“The signs are Doppler-assisted radar signs, they’re actually LED signs, and when a motorist is traveling in the wrong direction, the Doppler radar triggers a very bright LED sign to alert them to stop, pull over and turn around when it’s safe to do so,” Thruway Executive Director Thomas Madison said. “In the future when we connect to our fiber-optic system, the signs will actually trigger messages to motorists that are already on the Thruway system, alerting them that there may be a wrong-way vehicle.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo says in a statement that New York is “the first state in the nation to utilize this sophisticated technology to enhance traffic safety and save lives.”

Madison says 2012 was the safest year in the history of the Thruway Authority with billions of vehicle miles traveled and an accident rate less than 20 percent the national average.

Officials say there will be installations at more locations in the future.

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