Wrong Way Driving Detection Program Phase 1

Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) sought a remedy for a traffic issue responsible for three percent of all highway crashes in Florida: wrong way driving. Wrong way driving has a fatality rate 27 times higher than other automobile collisions.

DRMP was responsible for the award-winning Intelligent Transportation System design project, which featured first of its kind innovative system-wide wrong-way driver detection capabilities. The project consisted of the deployment of a Wrong-Way Detection System at 29 off-ramp locations on the CFX roadway network.  The project included product research, vendor coordination, field testing, development of specialized details for the installation, wiring, grounding and networking of the rapid flashing beacons and associated local hubs.  Our designed system uses three phases: warning, detection and alert. The warning uses prominent lights to warn the drivers of their direction; the detection uses video detection to notify the Traffic Management Center; the alert sends notifications to right-way drivers and dispatches the Florida Highway Patrol.

Since installation, DRMP’s wrong way driving detection system has had an 83.6 percent documented turnaround success of wrong way drivers.  This results in safer travels for the motoring public along the CFX roadway network.

  • 2017 Honor Award in Engineering Excellence from Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE)
  • 2016 “Toll Excellence Award for Toll Operations, Engineering & Maintenance” from International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) for the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s Wrong Way Driving Detection and Prevention Pilot Program


Key Facts




Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX)


29 off-ramps

  • Wrong way driving detection
  • Safety improvements
  • Lighting
  • Innovative Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) design
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