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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.

AHTD distributes free state highway maps

AHTD distributes free state highway maps

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 2011 Arkansas State Highway Map is now available from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), according to AHTD Director Dan Flowers.

The maps may be obtained at no charge from any of the Highway Department’s District Headquarters and at all Arkansas Welcome Centers.  They are also available at the AHTD Central Office at 10324 Interstate 30 in Little Rock, by phone at 501-569-2444 or online at www.arkansashighways.com.  To request one by mail, the address is AHTD, Map Sales Section, P.O.

Electric vehicle rally slated for May 6

Electric vehicle rally slated for May 6

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Interest in electric vehicles continues to grow in the United States and in Arkansas the interest has led to a record number of entrants in the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Electric Vehicle Rally.

More than 170 students from 12 schools are slated for the starting grid of the rally that is scheduled for Friday, May 6 at the Pulaski Tech – South Campus in Little Rock.

Students will compete in an exciting and challenging mix of competitions designed to test the teams’ and their vehicles’ abilities. The public is invited to attend the rally events, which begin at 9 a.m. There is no charge to attend the event.

“This contest has grown tremendously since our first rally in 2003,” said Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

AHTD modifies weight restriction plans

AHTD modifies weight restriction plans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  -- The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has cut the number of new weight-restricted miles it plans to implement virtually in half on highways in north-central Arkansas by agreeing to further postpone weight restrictions on sections of three highways, according to Department officials.

“Based on comments heard at public meetings held recently, we have decided to hold off posting weight restrictions on sections of three highways, said Highway Commission member John Burkhalter of Little Rock. “That’s about a 50 percent reduction from the 133 miles we announced in January.

“Comments received at the meetings didn’t change the rapidly deteriorating conditions  that are occurring on those highways,” Burkhalter noted, “but they  have been useful in helping us determine how to best utilize the limited financial resources we have available.

Check for flooded roads in your area

Check for flooded roads in your area

As Arkansans face the dangers of flooding due to heavy rains, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has released an updated list of road closures around the state. Motorists are encouraged to check the advisory and plan alternate routes.