7 Arkansas Traffic Laws Drivers Commonly Ignore

Arkansas drivers often overlook basic traffic laws like the rules for four-way intersections and left turns.

In Arkansas, drivers must follow various traffic laws, some of which they routinely ignore. In this article, we’ll take a look at seven of the most commonly violated traffic laws in the state.

Keep these rules in mind the next time you’re behind the wheel, and be sure to obey them to avoid getting ticketed.

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1. Arkansas Slower Traffic Keep Right Law: The “Move Over” Rule

Under Arkansas law, you can’t drive in the left lane if you’re impeding traffic flow by doing so. In other words, if you are driving slower, you need to get out of the left lane.

The authorities can also prohibit all continuous driving in the left lane in certain locations. This means you cannot drive in the left lane, even if you aren’t interfering with the flow of traffic.

Motor vehicles shall not be operated continuously in the left lane of a multilane roadway whenever it impedes the flow of other traffic.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department may designate certain multilane highways or portions of multilane highways as prohibiting continuous driving in the left lane.

AR Code § 27-51-301

2. Arkansas Flow of Traffic Law: The “Minimum Speed” Rule

The Arkansas traffic code bans driving too slowly. It is illegal to drive at such a slow speed that you interfere with the normal movement of traffic. Authorities can also set a minimum speed limit if slower speeds regularly impede traffic flow on a certain part of a road.

This rule doesn’t apply if you need to drive slowly to safely operate your vehicle or follow the law. This means you won’t get a ticket for slowing down the flow of traffic when obeying the speed limit.

No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with the law.

Whenever the State Highway Commission or local authorities determine that slow speeds on any part of a highway consistently impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, the commission or the local authority may determine and declare a minimum speed limit below which no person shall drive a vehicle except when necessary for safe operation or in compliance with the law.

AR Code § 27-51-208

3. Arkansas Driving in Left Lane Law: The “Passing on the Left” Rule

In Arkansas, you must pass other vehicles on the left. You also must wait until you have safely cleared the other car to return to the right lane.

If you must travel to the left of the center line to pass, make sure there is no oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance to complete the pass. Then, return to the right side of the road before coming within one hundred feet of an oncoming vehicle.

Drivers being passed must yield the right of way to the passing vehicle. When being passed, you can’t speed up until the other car has finished passing you.

The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

The driver of an overtaken vehicle shall yield to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

AR Code § 27-51-306

No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless the left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit overtaking and passing…

In every event, the overtaking vehicle must return to the right-hand side of the roadway before coming within one hundred feet of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction.

AR Code § 27-51-307

4. Arkansas Rear-End Collision Law: The “Following Too Closely” Rule

Arkansas traffic law prohibits following another vehicle more closely than is “reasonable and prudent.” This depends on the speed your vehicles are traveling, as well as road, traffic, and weather conditions.

The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.

AR Code § 27-51-305

5. Arkansas Mobile Phone Driving Law: The “Hands-Free Driving” Rule

In Arkansas, drivers of all ages cannot talk, type, text message, email, or access information on the Internet with a handheld wireless telephone except in emergencies. However, drivers over the age of 18 may participate in these activities using a hands-free device.

A driver of a motor vehicle who is under eighteen years of age shall not use a wireless telephone for wireless interactive communication while operating a motor vehicle.

A driver of a motor vehicle who is under eighteen years of age may use a wireless telephone for interactive communication while operating a motor vehicle for an emergency purpose only.

AR Code § 27-51-1603

A driver of a motor vehicle shall not use a handheld wireless telephone for interactive communication while operating a motor vehicle.

A driver of a motor vehicle may use a handheld wireless telephone for wireless interactive communication in emergencies.

AR Code § 27-51-1504

6. Arkansas Four-Way Intersection Law: The “4-Way Stop” Rule

When two Arkansas vehicles arrive at a four-way intersection at the same time, the driver on the right goes first. The driver to the left must yield the right-of-way and let the vehicle go before them.

When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.

AR Code § 27-51-501

7. Arkansas Left Turn Intersection Law: The “Right of Way” Rule

When making a left turn at an intersection, you must yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic in the intersection. You also must wait for vehicles close enough to hit you to pass through the intersection before turning.

The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

AR Code § 27-51-502

As a responsible driver, it is important to be aware of all of the traffic laws in Arkansas and obey them. By doing so, you can help keep the roads safe for everyone and keep yourself out of trouble.

Amy Grover is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, then passing the bar exam in 2014, Amy began her diverse career as a practicing attorney. Amy has a range of experience in the legal field, including work with the Department... Read More >>