Reporting of an easy track road problem
Dear Mahatma: Is there a point of contact for complaints or comments for ArDot? While driving west on Arkansas 10, efforts are underway to resurface the road as it follows Lake Maumelle. But it’s such a poor job that I can’t see which way jink. –Keith
Dear Keith: There are several ways to contact the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Whining is optional.
Go to idrivearkansas.com. Find the “Report a Problem” button easy to find.
Or go to the agency’s website, ardot.gov. There are several ways to contact the agency, including a phone number (501-569-2374) and, prehistorically, a mailing address. That is, 10324 Interstate 30, Little Rock, 72209.
Our own experience is that ArDot listens to the public. Or sensitive to public opinion. Same thing, really.
Dear M: I am confused (my wife says “not unusual”) as to how to legally respond to an Arkansas State soldier who flashes blue lights if he is in a dangerous stopping place . Stop immediately, even if you are in a dangerous construction zone, or turn on the turn signals and go to the first safe zone? – Will you do well
Dear Right: Right now we think of Dudley Do-Right, the ignorant Canadian constable and colleague of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Nell Fenwick, are you interested?
The answer (s) can be found in the Arkansas Driver’s License Study Guide, a State Police publication. It is mostly written, it is suspected, for teenagers, hordes of whom are being tested by the agency in the process of obtaining a driver’s license. Adolescents are, in our experience, wonderful. Kiss one today.
On page 3 of the guide is a whole list of how drivers should act if a police officer makes a stop, 19 Dos and Don’ts, a full recitation of which goes beyond this space.
Here are a few things to remember.
Stop on the right side of the road. Activate an emergency turn signal or turn signals to indicate that you are looking for a safe place to stop.
Exit the taxiway to the nearest safe location. Do not stop on bridges or overpasses.
Stay in the vehicle unless the officer asks you to exit.
Make sure that both hands are visible to the officer when approaching and at all times during the stop. Pro tip: Place your hands on the top of the steering wheel.
Do not make any sudden movements when searching for your documents, or throughout the stop.
If you stop at night, turn on interior lights if possible so the officer can see you more clearly.
Turn off the radio. Drop all mobile devices. Give the officer your full attention.
The agent should introduce himself by name, agency and tell you the reason for the stop.
Now, Mr. Do Right, regarding your wife, always remember that she is precious. Without women, most men would golf too much, drink too much beer, and eat too much fried chicken.
What a miserable life that would be.
Magnolia vanity plate: MULEKCK.