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Signs warn drivers of wrong direction

Published: 12 Jan 2013 10:20 GMT+01:00

"Neon yellow warning signs will now be set up across Germany on hazardous motorway slipways," Minister Ramsauer told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper in comments due to be published on Sunday.

The warning signs, which were piloted in 2010, will now be set up nationwide in an effort to alert drivers who may otherwise travel the wrong way down the motorway by mistake.

"1,800 cases of people driving the wrong way were registered last year," said the minister, whose comments came after an 80 year-old driver was killed and three seriously injured on Friday after he drove the wrong way down the A92 motorway in Upper Bavaria, causing two separate head-on collisions.

On New Year's Eve two were killed when several cars hit a lorry after the drunken driver attempted to turn around in the middle of the A1 motorway near Bremen.

But not everyone hurtling down motorways in the wrong direction does so by accident, said Ramsauer, and added that there was not much to be done about those who drive down the wrong side of the road on purpose.

"Many people who drive on the wrong side of the road do so on purpose. For various reasons: to save time, as a dare, suicide," he said. "The people who do it on purpose just turn around in the middle of the motorway and drive in the other direction. A metal sign won't stop that."

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Your comments about this article

12:43 January 12, 2013 by Englishted
Strange I do not recall one time when this happened in the U.K. and we also have people committing suicide.

They should also light these signs.
13:40 January 12, 2013 by murka
Highway entrance is often 1 meter away from the exit. On the left turn it is very easy to mix them up.

Probably looked nice and uniform on the construction plan.
23:22 January 12, 2013 by Tonne
Sorry @Englishted but it does happen in the UK: on the M6 in August, on the M5 in September, on the M62 in November and on the M4 in December all of last year. The drivers were old or foreign or drunk.

I do agree with @murka that the entrance and exits are often just too close to one another in Germany, which may cause confusion for some drivers. And often there is a no entry sign between the two slip roads which only adds to the confusion.
12:25 January 13, 2013 by Englishted
@Tonne

Thank you for the correction, but the German sign posting is a major problem if it is 4 in the U.K. and 1,800 here.
09:52 January 14, 2013 by whiteriver
@Englishted, he could remember of 4 accidents in UK during last year, against 1800 incidents in Germany which not necessary leaded to an accident.

Also, you all drive in the wrong way in UK.
18:09 January 14, 2013 by Englishted
@ whiteriver

What is this correct Englishted week :-( ,but you are correct as well.

However we drive on the left because we angered the pope by doing it (see what Latin for left is ) and because Napoleon didn't manage to conquer us and impose his rules like he did to the rest of Europe.
20:02 January 14, 2013 by Dalmation
Should have placed one of those in the Reichstag for Angie. She could not have taken a more wrong direction with the Euro crisis as the one she chose.
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