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Wrong driver: Bund has difficulties with facts

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W during the ADAC has recently analyzed the causes of ghost drives in a study, said Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer (CSU) auto motor und sport that the federal government neither has the ADAC figures nor its own meaningful data. At present, accidents with wrong-way drivers are still recorded together with accidents with oncoming vehicles at motorway service stations, motorway parking lots and in the area of ​​construction sites without central guard rails. 'According to the current legal situation, a more precise separation of this type of accident is not possible', says Ramsauer.

Exact causes for wrong-way trips often cannot be determined

'According to the findings of the Federal Highway Research Institute, no reliable connection has yet been established between deficiencies in signage, marking or traffic management and the occurrence of wrong-way trips,' says Ramsauer. 'The exact causes of wrong trips are often not even ascertainable.'

However, Ramsauer wants to draw conclusions from a study that the Federal Agency is currently working on on the causes of wrong trips. At the end of October, after a serious accident on the A 46 near Meschede in North Rhine-Westphalia, in which a wrong-way driver had killed four people, the minister suggested warning signs on driveways based on the Austrian model.

ADAC considers measures on driveways to be necessary

The ADAC considers measures on motorway driveways to be urgently necessary. 'Targeted countermeasures must be taken where the disaster takes its course most often,' said ADAC traffic expert Jürgen Berlitz. According to the ADAC, the most ghostly drives, at 42.7 percent, begin at motorway entrances. In addition, 4.9 percent start at the freeway entrances to rest stops and petrol stations. This means that the conditions at the access roads to the motorway are responsible for almost every second wrong-way trip.

In addition, increasing age and alcohol increase the risk of driving the wrong way. According to ADAC, 45 percent of wrong-way drivers are older than 65, 23 percent of wrong-way drivers are drunk.

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