Programs

This year: 502 crash deaths occurred on Arkansas roads.

*Preliminary Data - Fatalities as of October 13, 2021

The Arkansas Highway Safety Office coordinates an ongoing statewide behavioral highway safety program making effective use of federal and state highway safety funds and other resources to save lives and reduce injuries on the state’s roads, and provide leadership, innovation and program support in partnership with traffic safety advocates, professionals, organizations and our single largest safety partnership, the driving public. Featured Programs addressing high fatalities on Arkansas roadways are Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection...For more Arkansas Crash Data https://www.dps.arkansas.gov/dashboard/

Read how AHSO is working toward Zero Deaths on Arkansas Roadways: FY 2022 Mobilizations | Impaired Driving | Occupant Protection | Speed Enforcement | Traffic Safety | Motorcycle Safety | Ped/Bike Safety | Teen Driver Safety | Rail & Highway Safety | S.A.F.E. Driver Pledge | The TZD Blog


IMPAIRED DRIVING

Impaired driving is a choice.

Drivers can choose to drive sober, get plenty of rest and pay attention.

Impaired drivers risk injuring or killing themselves and their passengers. They also expose everyone on the road to unnecessary risks. The best defense against impaired drivers is wearing a seat belt. One of AHSO's newest social norming message is 'Four Ds of Impaired Driving!'

Impairment is a diminished ability to drive, which can be caused by

  • Drinking and Driving,
  • Distracted Driving,
  • Drugged Driving, &
  • Drowsy Driving.

The four “Ds” of Impaired Driving can be—one more word that starts with a D, deadly. Statistics show a third of traffic crash related deaths are attributable to alcohol. Distracted driving fatalities are increasing annually. While NHTSA and other researchers are studying the best ways to get identifiable and conclusive data on drugged and drowsy driving, both are responsible for thousands of lives lost each year on our nation’s roads. Click here for more on Impaired Driving.

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OCCUPANT PROTECTION

Seat Belts Save Lives

90.3% Seat Belt Use Rate In 2020

14955 Lives Saved By Seat Belts In 2017

2549 additional lives could have been saved in 2017 if everyone had buckled up

Source: Seat Belt Safety | NHTSA

One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate was at 90.3% in 2020. Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017. Understand the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt and learn what you can do to make sure you and your family are properly buckled up every time. New Social Norming message ''Saved By The Belt' story section encourages the Arkansas Driving Public to buckle up for their loved ones with stories of the ones who did. Read more about Saved By The Belt | Go here for more on Occupant Protection

MAKE THE LIFE SAVING CHOICE--BUCKLE UP ARKANSAS!

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OTHER PROGRAMS

SPEED ENFORCEMENT

Speeding puts everyone on the road at risk.

In 2019, speeding killed 9,478 (26% of all traffic fatalities).

We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users. Learn about the dangers of speeding and why faster doesn’t mean safer.

Newest Speed Enforcement Development: Troopers Use Low Profile Tahoes to Address Speeding Surge

Find out more about Speed Enforcement, click here.


TRAFFIC RECORDS

What 's New In Traffic Records -- The Cindy Grisham Corner

Click here for more Cindy Grisham Corner, Traffic Records, FARS Supervisor

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RAIL/HIGHWAY SAFETY

Four ways to be safe on and around railways:

  • Never try to beat a train at a crossing or snake around the lowered crossing gates.
  • Assume that there is a train on every track at all times, even tracks that are rarely used.
  • If there is a stop sign at the crossing, stop! If there is a yield sign or electronic signals, slow and make sure that no trains are approaching.
  • Never cross a railroad track unless you are sure there is room on the other side for your vehicle to completely clear the tracks. Many collisions occur when a vehicle's rear end is still hanging out over the tracks.

Learn more about Rail/Highway Safety by Arkansas State Police

Learn the Law and Be Safe!

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MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

Safe Driving is a choice. Ride For Love. Be the Hero for Your Family!

AHSO partners with Alliance in 2021 to reach larger measures of the targeted audience of Motorcyclists in Arkansas: AHSO SHARE THE ROAD Campaign Tours Motorcycle Rallies Across the State.. Learn more here.

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PEDESTRIAN BICYCLE SAFETY

New Ped/Bike Information And Ads in Arkansas Travel Guides including Share The Road Campaign

What is Share The Road?

The goal of the Share the Road campaign is to provide travelers with information on laws, policies, maps, and resources to commute safely on Arkansas’ roadways, whether by walking, driving, or biking. Trending data shows an increase in pedestrian fatalities, and one is one too many. Help us create a safer environment by doing your part! GO with Care—Get There! To learn more about: Ped/Bike Safety | Share The Road Campaign

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TEEN DRIVER SAFETY

Safety Partners Arkansas Childrens Hospital, ADMV, Arkansas Highway Safety Office and State Farm Insurance ready to launch social norming campaign "Safer Teen Driving" messaging on all the DMV monitors across the state of Arkansas in the DMV offices!

Learn more about projects, programs and campaigns for Safer Teen Driving.

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Why Join Us! Take the S.A.F.E. Driver Pledge

All lives are valuable. At the Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office, we honor the lives lost on our roadways by seeking to provide more and more evidence based solutions to the multi-layered problems of fatal traffic crashes. When you take the S.A.F.E. Driver Pledge you are essentially taking personal responsibility for your safe driving choices and informing others that “Safe Driving is a choice.” In this way, we all share in responsibility to the traveling public to seek safer Arkansas roadways. Find out more, here.

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Drive Safe, Arkansas!

Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office