Arkansas State Police Crack Down On Distracted Drivers

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ARKANSAS (KFSM) -- The month of April is "Distracted Driving Prevention Month" and Arkansas State Police are on the lookout for drivers that could be violating the law. State troopers are going to be on the lookout for distracted drivers throughout the area in hopes of saving lives in the long run.

They're also wanting people to be aware and know that the officers are watching.

Arkansas State Police said that most traffic accidents are caused by distracted driving whether it's changing radio stations or even while checking emails, sending a text or checking Facebook. "Pay attention to the road and keep off your cell phone," said Tom Sweeney with Arkansas State Police. Sweeney adds, "Wait until you get stopped to make a phone call or wait until you get to your destination."

The state law in Arkansas prohibits drivers from using cell phones while operating a vehicle. State troopers are allowed to pull over a driver without observing any other violation, according to the primary offense law. So if an officer sees that you're distracted while driving, they can issue a citation. Drivers can also be cited with careless driving.

State troopers also want to remind drivers that the state law related to distracted driving states that no cell phones should be used in a school or highway work zone.

This is a campaign that will run throughout the entire month of April, but they want drivers to be careful all of the time while they're behind the wheel.

Arkansas State Police will also have unmarked vehicles patrolling the roads throughout the area to keep drivers safe.

 

2 comments

  • nwajack0

    Good, if the actual concern is public safety and not prohibition, then distracted drivers *should* get the same scrutiny & punishment as drunk drivers; wouldn’t you be just as saddened/ angered by a distracted driver running over your loved one as a drunk driver?

  • zztopperman

    One would assume if you cannot use your cell phone while driving, that would mean anywhere you are driving, including a school zone or construction /work zone. Knew about the those but did not know using your cell was completely outlawed while driving in Arkansas! Texting I knew was illegal, but I did not know driving while talking ( except in school zones and construction zones) was against the law . When was this law passed?

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