Every year, a number of New Yorkers are injured or killed in accidents caused by drivers who are driving the wrong way on divided highways. These accidents, while infrequent, are much more likely to be fatal than are other types of accidents, leading the National Transportation Safety Board to have a special interest in them.
The NTSB has been studying data from wrong-way accidents since 1968. Its analysis has led to the issuance of numerous recommendations aimed at reducing the accidents as well as collecting evidence from them. In more than half of the cases, the NTSB has found that the wrong-way driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. The agency has thus included recommendations regarding the collection and testing of toxicology evidence after an accident has occurred.