Lack of Road Sign Recognition Causes Deputy Accident in Lonoke County

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark.-  On Highway 31 between the city of Lonoke and the county line.

"Two lives could've been lost today," said Lt. Matt Edwards.

"I've been involved in a mva head-on. Go ahead and send medical. It's on 31. "

While in the construction zone on Highway 3, deputies say a woman attempted to pass a car in front of her when she lost control on loose gravel eventually hitting the deputy.

"Started to fish trail. He tried to drive defensively, missed that car and it didn't work both collided, both ended up in the ditch."

Deputies say the highway has turned dangerous because drivers aren't following the speed limit and do not pass signs.

“We got at least, over 90 signs in this project alone. Every half mile we have a do not pass sign, said Danny Straessle.

Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials say 2500 people travel on highway 3 every day.

Instead of putting asphalt down, they're putting a glue-like substance with chips that are packed in when cars drive on it, thus creating a new road surface.

 “You’re seeing less money spent on low volume roads in favor of higher volume roads that really need a more subtitive longer lasting approach,” said Straessle.

ARDOT says this practice has been used for years, but it all comes down to following the roadway signs.

“This could've been prevented only if people would just slow down,” said Lt. Edwards.


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