ARKANSAS

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IN 2017 MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES
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TEN-YEAR TOTAL
1000000
ANNUAL ECONOMIC COST OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES

Arkansas Rating: Caution

Arkansas needs improvement because of gaps in Advocates’ recommended optimal laws, as reported in the 2019 Roadmap Report.

Highway Safety Laws Needed

  • Primary Enforcement Seatbelt Law (Rear)
  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • Rear Facing Through Age 2 Law
  • Booster Seat Law
  • GDL – Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL – Stronger Nighttime Restriction
  • GDL – Supervised Driving Provision

Current Optimal Highway Safety Laws

  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Front)
  • GDL – 6-Month Holding Period
  • GDL – Passenger Restriction
  • GDL – Age 18 for Unrestricted License
  • GDL  Cell Phone Restriction (Without S)
  • Ignition Interlock for All Offenders
  • Child Endangerment Law
  • Open Container Law
  • All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction

* States are credited with having laws only if their laws meet Advocates’ optimal criteria

Hot Now: Graduated Driver Licensing Laws

In 2017, 45 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers in Arkansas.

The current GDL law in Arkansas includes the following components:

  • A restriction on drivers licenses until the driver turns 18
  • A mandatory 6 month holding period for the learner’s permit stage
  • A passenger restriction prohibiting driving with any passengers for the first six months of licensure
  • A prohibition on texting while driving for drivers of all ages

These changes are needed to improve Arkansas’s GDL law and meet optimal GDL provisions:

  • Require age 16 for entry into the learner’s permit stage
  • Require 30-50 hours of supervised driving
  • Strengthen the nighttime restriction provisions
  • Add a prohibition on non-emergency use of hand-held and hands-free cell phones during the learner’s permit and intermediate stages

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