101 Town Center, P.O. Box 5655, Bella Vista, AR 72714 (479)876-1255

Distracted Driving mobilization set for Oct.

Texting while driving is not the only danger that leads to deadly crashes. Checking social media, talking on the phone, changing radio stations, eating, chatting with your passengers… All these things count as distracted driving and can lead to serious situations for you or someone else in your path.

The Bella Vista Police Department wants to help ensure our residents and visitors arrive back home safely. That’s why we will be taking to the streets starting Oct. 17 for enhanced distracted driving patrol.

Distracted driving puts not only you but other drivers in danger. We will be on the lookout for those who don’t have their full attention on the road. It takes only seconds not to see a child in the roadway, a car stopped in front of you or any other situation that can lead to a crash.

In Arkansas, the use of a hand-held cell phone for texting, typing, email or accessing the internet is against the law, regardless of the driver’s age. This is a primary offense, which means any law enforcement officer can pull you over for observing this violation.

It can wait— think twice before checking that text message, to ensure you and those on the road with you make it safely home. If you have any questions about this enforcement, call the Police Department at 479-855-3771.