Speeding in Region 8

December 9, 2005--Posted at 7:00 p.m. CDT

BONO, AR--A newly opened stretch of Highway 63 has some motorists seeing blue. As the holidays approach people from across Region 8 travel the highways to shop in Jonesboro. But one stretch of highway could yield you a ticket if you don't know the speed limit. 
The section in question is the new four lane highway here at Bono. Motorists come through here at 55 miles per hour but many then speed up to 65 miles per hour because they just don't know any better.

"The last sign that you pass the speed limit stays constant until another sign indicates its change," said Joe Barnett, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Engineer.

The stretch of Highway 63 from Jonesboro to Sedgwick is having some motorists confused about the speed.

"It gives motorists in Northeast Arkansas the assumption that it might be 65 because it is a four lane and in Jonesboro the four lanes is 65," said Representative J.R. Rogers of Arkansas District 73.

This speed isn't 65 miles per hour, because all 4 lane undivided highways in the state of Arkansas are 55 miles per hour or less.

"I didn't know that until I talked to the Highway Department and I am sure me being a representative and if I don't know I am sure a lot of people don't know," said Rogers.

What Rogers is looking for are signs along this stretch to alert motorists of what the speed limit is. 

"I just think there needs to be more signage put up because there are a lot of traffic stops," said Rogers.

"We'll be glad to take a look back at it and see if we need to modify the signing we got," said Barnett.

Barnett says there is no set equation for how often speed limit signs should pop up along the highway. He did say a good rule of thumb is to drive 55 miles per hour because that will be the speed limit on most highways in Arkansas unless otherwise posted.