New cell phone sequence set to call for non-emergency situations on roadways to free up 911

Arkansas State Police Director Colonel Bill Bryant and Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Lorie Tudor unveil the new signs that will allow motorists to call *277 for non emergency services while traveling on Arkansas highways.

At his weekly news briefing Jan. 25, Governor Asa Hutchinson made an announcement of a partnership between Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Department of Transportation, and three national wireless carriers.

Governor Hutchinson said that the partnership will place a tool in the hands of Arkansas citizens to use for contacting the Arkansas State Police.

The new four-digit speed dial *277 or *ASP is available to all AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon cellular phones in Arkansas. Callers will be connected to the Arkansas State Police and will be used as a non-emergency phone line to help make traveling Arkansas a safer experience. 

Arkansas Representative Stephen Meeks sponsored the legislation that led to the announcement of this partnership. He spoke about the importance of safety on the highways of the state. He said that he presented the idea after driving to Little Rock and seeing someone driving over 100 MPH weaving through traffic. “While it didn’t rise to the level to a 911 call, their recklessness could have turned into a tragedy,” Rep. Meeks said, “I have no doubt this will save lives, and it’s a great example of how state government can work together with industry to make life a little bit safer for all Arkansans.”

Director of the Arkansas State Police, Bill Bryant, said that it will allow Arkansans to reach state police if they need them. The types of calls he said they anticipate receiving are those from stranded or lost motorists or for reporting suspicious activity or safety concerns related to dangerous driving of others.

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