Little Rock, AR asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Arkansas

Q: Is it illegal to stop on the side of the highway or interstate if there is not an emergency or disabled vehicle in AR?

Such as to use a cellphone, get out and stretch, take a nap, etc.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Arkansas, stopping on the side of the highway or interstate is generally reserved for emergencies or situations where the vehicle is disabled. This is primarily for safety reasons, as highways and interstates are high-speed roads where stopping can be dangerous both for the driver and for other road users.

If you need to use your cellphone, stretch, or take a nap, it's advised to exit the highway and find a safer location to do so, such as a rest area, parking lot, or other off-road areas. These locations are designed for drivers to take breaks safely away from fast-moving traffic.

However, if you are experiencing an emergency or your vehicle is unable to operate properly, it is permissible to stop on the side of the road. In such cases, ensure your vehicle is as far off the road as possible and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers. Always prioritize safety and avoid stopping on the highway for non-emergency reasons.

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