Texting in I-630 Construction Zone: ‘It’s Really Dangerous’

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – At 5 p.m. on a Tuesday means a sea of lights illuminates Interstate 630.

“It is extremely tight,” says Vivian Harris.

Harris drives I-630 construction zone a couple times a week.

“If you take your eyes off the road for a minute it’s a done deal,” says Harris.

Our crew, driving an unmarked news car, saw about a dozen people on their phones. Most of the drivers went by too fast for our GoPro to catch them in the act.

“Texting and driving in that area, it can be kind of difficult. I must admit once or twice I’ve tried to look at my phone or something,” says Harris.

ARDOT Spokesman Danny Straessle says even changing the radio can be unsafe in the construction zone.

“If you’re not paying attention you can run straight into another lane of traffic whenever everyone is shifting over to the right,” says Straessle.

Straessle says I-630 has weekly changes in the shift of traffic making it even more dangerous than most roadwork areas.

“It only takes a second,” says Harris.

Texting while driving in Arkansas is illegal.

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