Fayetteville police stepping up traffic enforcement on College Avenue

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Vehicles zoom through the intersection of College Avenue and Township Street at the site of this week’s directed traffic enforcement program.

You know how you’re not supposed to use the turning lane to merge* into traffic on College Avenue? Now might be a good time to start obeying that law.

The Fayetteville Police Department on Tuesday announced a plan to begin directed traffic enforcement at select intersections on College Avenue. The idea is to bring awareness to drivers regarding traffic collisions and to try and reduce the number of accidents.

The stepped up enforcement will begin Wednesday, April 6 at the intersection of Township Street and College Avenue.

Police officers will utilize marked and unmarked vehicles during the directed enforcement and will be looking for the following violations:

  • Following too close
  • Improper use of center lane
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to signal turn or lane changes
  • Improper right turn
  • Disobeying traffic signals

Police officials say these violations have consistently been the most common contributing factors to traffic accidents in Fayetteville and nationwide.

According to a release issued Tuesday afternoon, the directed enforcement will move to other intersections along College Avenue, on different dates. We’ll have more updates on where and when the enforcements will take place.

From the release:

The Fayetteville Police Department is dedicated to reducing crashes and increasing safety on Fayetteville streets. This enforcement campaign is part of a comprehensive plan to improve transportation safety in the City of Fayetteville.

* According to the 2009 Arkansas Driver License Study Guide, it is legal to use the turn lane to gain access as long as you don’t accelerate after entering.