New York DOT Installing “Do Not Enter” Signs at All Taconic Entrances After Third Wrong-Way Driver

It’s like a bad case of déjà vu.

First, and most tragically, Diane Schuler drove the wrong way for two miles on the Taconic Parkway with a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent back in July—and killed a total of eight people, including herself.

Then, in early September, 44-year-old Gregorio Pena was arrested for driving two miles northbound in the southbound lanes of the very same parkway, with a BAC of .20.

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And believe it or not, a third case then surfaced, when, on September 17, 19-year-old Henry M. Garcia, an unlicensed illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was stopped after driving the wrong way on the Taconic for six miles, with a BAC level of 0.27 percent—more than triple the legal limit. Fortunately, there were no accidents or deaths in either of the September incidents.

To take extra precaution, the New York Department of Transportation plans to install “Wrong Way,” “Do Not Enter,” and “One Way” signs at all exit and entrance ramps on the parkway by 2010.

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