DOT hopes technology can turn wrong-way drivers around on North Carolina highways

Crashes involving vehicles going the wrong way on North Carolina highways killed 164 people between 2000 and 2017, according to the state Department of Transportation, where engineers are testing technology that they hope will turn those statistics around.

Last April, Lakeatia Daniels-Owens was nearly home after a night out with her husband, Leroy, when their car collided with an intoxicated driver going the wrong way on New Bern Avenue in Knightdale.

“This guy was driving directly toward us,” Daniels-Owens said. “Eight days later, I woke up in a hospital to someone telling me my husband was dead.