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Education, patrols mark Bike Month

Education, patrols mark Bike Month

Conway, AR – Bicycles have the same rights to the roadways of Conway as motor vehicles. But riders have to observe the same rules of the road as motor vehicles; all traffic laws are applicable to bicycles.

Enforcing traffic laws whether for vehicles or bikers is something CPD takes very seriously on a daily basis.  During the week of May 12-18, as Conway Advocates for Bicycling celebrate National Bike Month, CPD will step up efforts to enforce traffic laws with an emphasis on bike laws.  Violators of the laws could be ticketed.  In 2012 the CPD dealt with several crashes involving bikers.

 

4-Bicycle Failed to Yield

3-Bicycle Going Wrong Way

3-Vehicle Careless/Prohibited Driving

2- Vehicle Failed to Yield

1-Bicycle Crossing Roadway (no crosswalk or in between vehicles)

 

AHTD warns drivers to obey cell phone laws

AHTD warns drivers to obey cell phone laws

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  – Officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department are reminding motorists to be aware of new cell phone laws this summer and in the months ahead as they travel Arkansas’ highways.

“Act 37 of 2011 makes it illegal to use handheld cell phones in highway work zones and in school zones,” states AHTD Director Scott Bennett.  “In the weeks and months ahead, motorists will encounter added activities along our state’s highways and will need to pay extra attention to their driving.”

“Schools across the state will open their doors later this month,” Bennett adds.  “It’s important that motorists watch for students in school zones and give their full attention to what is happening around them as students make their way to classes.”

The same cautionary advice applies for motorists traveling through construction zones on the state’s highways. 

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

"The Theba Thing" is about stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and trying the things that have been on my mind and heart.

In the fall of 2011, I was bitten by the bike-riding bug. I went biking at Two Rivers Park with my brother and his family visiting from Fayetteville. I knew I was going to “have to” go, because they’re big into outdoor activities.  So I rode one of their extra bikes and I absolutely had the time of my life.

I had no idea these wonderful scenic trails existed so close to where I lived. I sure have been living in a comfortable bubble, which usually means to me, where there are no bugs, no potential for bumps and scratches and plenty of air conditioning.

Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started planning how both my mother and I could enjoy bike riding together, and get my friends in on the action as well.  But first I had to convince mom that she would enjoy it as much as I did.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

North Little Rock, Ark. – With heavy rainfall in Arkansas expected to last into Thursday, it is important to remember a few flood safety facts. Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related according to the National Weather Service.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) urges people to learn the dangers of driving into flooded roadways because drivers often underestimate the power of floodwater. Roads weaken under floodwater and drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.

Know the 'RED Zones' in your area

Know the 'RED Zones' in your area

RED Zones are Arkansas highway projects that have significantly reduced capacity that can lead to travel delays. Find them under the Know the RED Zones icon at www.ArkansasHighways.com.

Motorists are encouraged to Know the RED Zones and plan trips accordingly. Drivers can help reduce congestion through these areas by considering alternate routes or changing their time of travel.

Truckers can find information for weight restricted bridges and highways on alternate routes under the RED Zones icon.

Whether you drive through the RED Zones or opt to use an alternate route, follow the tips below.

RED Zone Travel Tips

New Vilonia bypass to be dedicated Tuesday

New Vilonia bypass to be dedicated Tuesday

WHO: Arkansas Highway Commissioner, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director, local elected officials and others will attend.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: The event will take place at the intersection of the new Vilonia Bypass and Highway 107 – two miles south of Highway 64 in Vilonia.

WHY: The Vilonia Bypass is a new $42 million, ten-mile, 4-lane divided highway located south of Vilonia. This is a continuation of the widening of Highway 64 from Conway eastward to a four-lane highway.

CONTACT: Glenn Bolick 501-569-2572 work 501-944-1552 cell or at glenn.bolick@arkansashighways.com

Stop speeding before it stops you

 Stop speeding before it stops you

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 13,000 lives were lost across America in speeding-related traffic crashes during 2005.

NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding-related if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense, or if the responding officer indicates that the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time or was exceeding the posted speed limit.  In 2005, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes nationally.

“Even one life lost to speeding is one too many,” said Lt.