What is Slow Down, Phone Down?
Slow Down, Phone Down is a statewide work zone safety campaign urging drivers to slow down and put their phone down when entering a work zone. Not only are these the two most important measures we can take to prevent accidents in work zones, but speeding and/or using your phone in a work zone are illegal. Fines for traffic violations are doubled in work zones when workers are present.
Keep yourself safe, keep our road crews safe, and avoid getting a costly citation by slowing down and putting your phone down.
Work zone incidents and injuries are on the rise:
In the past four years, work zone crashes have risen by more than 70%.
In 2018, Arkansas recorded a total of 1,224 work zone crashes. Of those, there were 13 fatalities and 52 serious injuries.
In the time since then, work zone incidents and injuries have risen at an alarming rate.
In 2021, there were a total of 2,140 work zone crashes resulting in 16 fatalities and 54 serious injuries.
ARDOT, Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Highway Police are committed to doing their part to prevent these numbers from rising to keep our motorists and road crews safe.
What are the rules of driving in a work zone?
The following rules apply when workers are present in a work zone:
Fines double. If a driver receives a citation for any moving traffic violation in a work zone, they will pay double the fine. A moving traffic violation includes speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving, and more.
Leave your phone alone. Does holding your phone to take a phone call, send a text, look up directions, or scroll social media count as a moving traffic violation? Yes. Hands-free connections are a much safer option.
How do I know the work zone speed limit? When approaching a work zone, you will see orange barrels, cones, road work signs, etc. indicating that you are entering a work zone. At this point, you can safely assume the speed limit will be significantly reduced from what it was previously. Slow down, put your phone down, and watch for posted speed limit signs.
How does the campaign work?
Beginning February 2022, Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Highway Police will have marked and low-profile patrols stationed in work zones across the state to crack down on reckless and distracted driving.
When an officer observes someone speeding, using their phone, or distracted driving in a work zone, the person will be pulled over and cited. This is a zero tolerance campaign. The rules are simple: slow down, phone down.
In Remembrance of ARDOT Employees Lost In Work Zones…
Clarance P. Hobson • 6/13/1972
James A. Camp • 12/12/1972
Walter I. Gage • 6/19/1972
Chester W. Darden • 9/6/1974
Daniel T. Dannelley • 6/23/1978
Whipple H. Fields • 5/7/1979
Oleather Swanigan, Jr. • 5/7/1979
Robert L. Andrews • 2/25/1980
Wesley Carroll Biggers • 1/28/1981
J. A. Ralls • 3/21/1984
R. O. Young • 7/31/1985
Lee O. Williams • 5/12/1987
Marvin R. Sullivan • 9/12/1989
Lesley R. South • 12/23/1991
Glenn E. Page • 10/21/1996
Benny Malone • 8/21/1998
Jerome Harris • 1/16/2007
Bruce Fick • 6/24/2008
Joseph Vaughn Pierson • 5/4/2011
Anderson D. Williams • 6/2/2011
Anthony Donta King • 11/17/2013
John William Garner • 8/5/2014
John E. Barefield • 9/17/2014
James Kirk Watts • 4/9/2018
Kurt Cottier • 12/19/2021
Winfred Petty • 1/19/2022
Contact for media inquiries or questions:
Ellen Coulter, ARDOT Media Communications Manager