A new law is allowing Arkansas law enforcement officers to use automated speed enforcement cameras in highway work zones statewide, with the help of the Arkansas Department of Transportation.
[Above photo by the Arkansas DOT]
Passed by the Arkansas legislature and signed by Governor Sarah Sanders (R) in April this year, this new state law allows for the use of automated speed enforcement devices to capture images of speeding vehicles in highway work zones.
Information regarding the speeding vehicle will be transmitted to an officer stationed downstream, who will then have the authority to issue a warning or citation.
“This technology will help save lives,” said Arkansas DOT Director Lorie Tudor in a statement. “I want to thank the Arkansas legislature and the governor for enacting this law in the interest of worker and motorist safety across the state.”
This technology is solely used to assist officers in enforcing speed limits in Interstate work zones, the agency emphasized – it will not be used to issue tickets by mail.
An officer must be present for a warning or ticket to be issued. Signs will alert drivers when they are entering a work zone that may have automated speed enforcement devices in use.
The law also stipulates that data captured from these devices shall not be retained except when it is used to issue a warning or citation.
“With the ongoing shortage of law enforcement officers, this technology will help supplement our existing officers’ efforts to keep Arkansas roadways safe,” said Arkansas Highway Police Chief Jeff Holmes. “The automated camera’s presence in the work zone means we can have an officer stationed downstream to safely perform traffic stops outside of the work zone, keeping everyone safer.”