NY uses radar to end wrong-way threat on Thruway

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Radar, flashy LED signs, and text alerts to drivers’ cellphones and local police are part of New York’s new, high-tech effort to combat wrong-way crashes on the state Thruway.

The system linked to Doppler radar and designed by Thruway Authority workers is being installed at the Buffalo exit at the Niagara Expressway, also known as Interstate 190. The second stage will be installed in Nyack, the site of several serious wrong-way crashes. More exits will soon get the systems along the 570-mile interstate highway.

‘‘New York is the first state in the nation to utilize this sophisticated technology to enhance traffic safety and save lives,’’ Gov. Andrew Cuomo told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said the technology will save lives.

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