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Department warns drivers of intersection as school approaches

Wreck at intersection Tuesday (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department) Wreck at intersection Tuesday (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)
Wreck at intersection Tuesday (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department) Wreck at intersection Tuesday (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)
Wreck at intersection Tuesday (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department) Wreck at intersection Tuesday (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)
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GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A Region 8 sheriff’s department is warning drivers of a dangerous intersection, especially before the start of the school year.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to a rollover wreck at the intersection of Highway 69 and the U.S. 412 Bypass Tuesday.

The department and Arkansas State Police have responded to several wrecks at this intersection since the bypass was built.

Sheriff David Carter said many of the wrecks are due to drivers not paying attention.

"We have big stop signs. I mean, it is clearly marked. But still people don’t pay attention and we have accidents,” Carter said.

Carter said since the intersection was installed, law enforcement and state officials have tried to warn drivers before they approach the area.

Some of the precautions include stop signs, warning signs, flags, and rumble strips.

“I guess they are just not used to it yet," Carter said. "We have done everything we can do, the state has done everything they can do, and they just aren’t paying attention for some reason."

Carter said he understands there are several distractions when driving, but drivers need to pay attention to stay safe.

“My message would be: Pay attention," he said. "Your main thing is driving, not distractions. There are several distractions on your vehicle so just stay focused."

The department also wants drivers to be cautious since school is starting.

Carter said the department would give out tickets to people who disobey the laws around buses.

“There is going to be more traffic, and the buses are one of our biggest concern, people not stopping for the school buses," Carter said. "You know, that is very important, and we write a lot of tickets for that."

Carter said traffic would be slow next week, so drivers need to be patient.

“School does start here Monday, and I would appreciate everybody to keep an extra eye out, take some extra time getting to work because the children will be out by the road and there are always new students who may not know until they get into a routine," he said. "I hope everyone works to keep an eye out for our kids."

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