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“Obey The Sign Or Pay The Fine”: Added Law Enforcement Presence and Assignments Aimed at Stopping Speeders (LITTLE ROCK) Arkansas law enforcement officers will be working overtime shifts and regular patrols committed to the assignment of making state highways and streets safer by stopping drivers who don’t obey the speed limit. The special enforcement operation will begin today (Monday, July 15th) and continue through Sunday, July 21st. “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” is a coordinated effort aimed at stopping drivers who exceed the posted speed limit along

streets and highways they’re traveling. The intensified enforcement effort underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation. “Speeding translates into injury and death on our roadways,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object on the roadway or an unexpected change in the highway,

2019 Bucks Cross-Country Team To Be Debuted During Meet the Bucks Night (MENA) Four members of the Bucks Cross Country team will be returning for the team’s second year of competition in the NJCAA and are looking to bring home their second Division I Region 2 Championship trophy. They will be joining 11 team members who are joining the Bucks from across Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico. Athletic Director Morris Boydstun has released the Bucks Cross Country Schedule, which is available online at UARichMountain.edu. Boydstun also said that a new BucksAthletics.com site is under construction and will be launched in the coming weeks. Head Cross Country Coach Samantha Shores said she is incredibly proud of the caliber of the team both on and off the course. Three members of the Bucks Cross Country inaugural team of 2018 were recognized as Scholar All Americans by the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The Scholar All Americans were Alisa Kimble, Miriam Mendez, and Marlenne Mendez. Now in her second year of coaching Bucks Cross Country, Shores has her sights set on Nationals, “I am looking forward to competing as a team, that means the ability to medal in meets and/or win meets. We will place as a team as well as individuals. We plan to win a second Region championship. The goal moving forward is to place in at least the top 20 at

Nationals.” Shores is looking forward to debuting her team during the Meet the Bucks Night on August 15 at Bearcat Stadium. Tailgating begins at 5:30 p.m. and both the cross country and soccer teams are looking forward to meeting Buck fans from throughout the community. “I’m not sure people understand the positive impact the tremendous community support Bucks Athletics has received has on our student-athletes. That kind of energy is felt and only helps to motivate these already motivated runners,” said Shores. Businesses also have an opportunity to get involved during Paint the Town Red starting August 12, leading up to Meet the Bucks Night. “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of community support, particularly businesses, eager to show their Buck Pride so we’ve built a campaign where they can do just that,” said LeAnn Dilbeck, Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Business Outreach. “The community will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites via social media and we’ll have prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.” Nine men and six women will make up the 2019 Bucks Cross Country team. “Our women’s team is smaller, but should be very strong and competitive,” said Coach Shores. “Our men’s team is grouped very tightly on times and should score low points at meets. They are definitely a team to watch this year.”

such as a sharp curve.” During calendar year 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S., accounting for more than 9,700 deaths. “Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk,” Colonel Bryant stated, “and the Arkansas State Police is prepared to dedicate whatever resources necessary to stop speeders and make the highways safer.” According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motor vehicle crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour or greater, is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 MPH and nearly five times as likely from a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below. Each year across the nation approximately 15 percent of the speeding-related

fatalities occur on interstate highways. Driver and passenger safety is also compromised when a vehicle is traveling at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during inclement weather, along sections of roads that are being repaired or during evening hours when a road may not be adequately illuminated. NHTSA officials consider a motor vehicle crash to be speed related when a driver is charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. For more information on the “Obey the Sign, or Pay the Fine” mobilization, please visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136. For more on Arkansas’ ongoing Toward Zero Deaths campaign to eliminate preventable traffic fatalities, visit www.TZDarkansas.org.

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