SAN ANTONIO – A technology that’s been around for nearly two decades, is helping save lives.
TX DOT’s TransGuide is rolling out new technology to help operators better spot wrong-way drivers.
Operators at the center in San Antonio monitor and detect all kinds of traffic disruptions while working with The San Antonio Police Department, (SAPD.)
“We have fully housed technology center with a server room and up to date work stations,” Matt Sneed, TransGuide Operations Managers.
He says there are 139 cameras.
“We are flipping through those cameras trying to find those disruptive traffic events,” adds Sneed.
According to TXDOT, since 2011 TransGuide has caught 61 wrong-way drivers.
In the same time frame, 69 wrong-way drivers have caused crashes killing 27 people and injuring 25 locally.
The new technology will expand the center’s wrong-way driving program which includes a radar based system
“We are going to be adding cameras, devices, and detection devices and wrong way driving devices throughout the city. Our system that has 3 radars to detect to accurately detect wrong way driving and confirm that and then send a text message and an email alert to the operator here in real time,” says Sneed.
Already there has been progress after flashing beacons were added at wrong way signs along 281.
Overall, it’s system to keep drivers safe.
TransGuide was the first Intelligent Transportation System in Texas.
There are 16 statewide.