It's no longer legal to stop along the shoulders of interstates or controlled-access highways in Arkansas -- except in cases of emergencies or breakdowns. A new state law took effect this month.
Before Act 997, a driver could park and rest on the shoulder if there was no sign prohibiting it. The new Arkansas law is similar to legislation in other states. Conviction can result in a fines. State highway officials say it's a safety move after several fatal accidents involving big rigs parked on the shoulder.
Since drivers often look for rest stops at the same time -- at night -- parking at truck stops can fill up. The Arkansas Trucking Association doesn't condone non-emergency parking on interstate shoulders. But Lane Kidd, its president, believes motorists would rather see a parked rig on the shoulder than a fatigued driver looking for a rest stop.
Kidd said the group supported Act 997 but criticized the state for reducing the number of rest stops.
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