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Greene County officials raising awareness of speed law

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Dave Tierney (Source: KAIT) Dave Tierney (Source: KAIT)
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GREENE COUNTY,AR (KAIT) -

Many county roads in Greene County stand without a speed limit sign, leaving some drivers to believe there is no limit at all.

Im sure there are people who have the perception that without a speed limit sign, there is no speed limit, Greene County Road Superintendent, Dave Tierney, said. But, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

In fact, many drivers are unaware that there is a state law regarding the speed limits on county roads statewide.

According to Arkansas Code Annotated 27-51-216, If a county judge has not established a speed limit on a county road within the jurisdiction boundaries of his or her county, then the speed limit shall be 40 miles per hour on the county road.

Tierney is simply raising awareness of the law, after the road department has received several calls from citizens complaining of speeders down county roads.

This comes as a concern, especially on unimproved gravel roads where residents with children are living.

There's less traffic so kids tend to play in the road and are probably less aware than let's say if they were on (U.S.) 412 that there's traffic, Tierney said.

It costs roughly $250 per sign, according to Tierney, making it impossible for every county road to have a speed limit sign.

The public needs to learn there is an appropriate speed for all roads and they need to travel at that appropriate speed, he said. That sign is not going to slow people down. It is no different than a stop sign or anything else. A speed limit sign is only as good as the person who is approaching it. So, if theyre going to speed on a county road, theyre going to speed rather we put up a sign or not.

Tierney encourages Arkansas drivers to get familiar with the law in hopes that can reduce speeding in the county. 

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