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Trooper: Wrong Way Driver? What To Do

On August 18, 2017 at approximately 2:20 a.m., troopers from Troop H responded to Route 9 in Middletown for a reported wrong-way driver. For the full story, see this LINK:


  • Slow down and safely move to the right or to the shoulder. If there is no shoulder move as far to the right as possible.
  • If it can be avoided do not slam on your brakes, especially if there is a vehicle directly behind you, and do not swerve off of the road or into other lanes.
  • Honk the horn, flash your vehicle’s headlights, and turn on the hazard lights. It’s possible that you may be able to make the wrong-way driver aware that they are traveling in the wrong direction.
  • As soon as it is safe to do so call 911 and report the wrong-way driver. Be sure to give your location including direction of travel and closest exit. And if you are able to, provide a description of the vehicle.
  • NEVER turn around and follow a wrong-way driver!
  • It’s good practice when driving on the highway at night, especially after midnight, to travel in the right lane. Wrong-way drivers often travel in the left lane thinking they are in the right lane for their direction of travel.

Please remember that not all wrong-way drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Some wrong-way drivers may be experiencing a medical emergency, while others may be disoriented or confused by signs.