A wrong-way driver has been killed in an accident on Interstate 10 in Tucson.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials identified the victim as 25-year-old Brian Valenzuela of Tucson. They say the car Valenzuela was driving about 1 a.m.
Wednesday collided head-on with a tractor-trailer rig. DPS officials say their investigation is continuing and impairment hasn't been ruled out as a factor.
They say the big rig's driver escaped injury. Debris and spilled diesel fuel closed the eastbound lanes of I-10 until after 7 a.m.
The driver that died here was the wrong way driver. does that distinction matter? should it? wrong way drivers on metropolitan freeways has been a problem for decades.
The law enforcement authorities are all over the map on dealing with this problem. do something. do nothing. by now you would think law enforcement agencies would have a system in place.
In truth, they largely have no system in place. we know that wrong way incursions occur for many reasons. some are nefarious (drunk driver), some are purely innocent (medical episode).
Regardless, when it happens, everyone is at risk---the guilty and the innocent. when it occurs, and the police need to respond, they have no idea at all why the driver has entered the freeway the wrong way. everyone is at risk.
Clearly the time has come for our law enforcement agencies to formulate a plan for responding to these emergencies. everyone deserves the protection provided by law enforcement---particularly when the reason is unknown.