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Police to increase patrols along Arkansas highway after 2 fatal crashes

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The latest extension to Arkansas 25 in Conway has been open to motorists for less than a year but has proven to be dangerous -- and sometimes fatal.

Conway police said the 1.1-mile stretch has been the site of two fatal crashes in May alone. Now the department plans to increase patrols on the roadway.

“We have clocked people going 70 miles per hour and the speed limit is 45,” said Conway police spokesman LaTresha Woodruff.

Signs with the 45 mph speed limit posted can be seen on the highway between the Beaverfork Lake Park area and the intersection of U.S. 64 as a safety measure for two cross streets, Friendship and Blaney Hill roads. But despite the signage, Conway police say motorist are ignoring them and speeding right past.

“Someone may not stop at the stop sign, but if you are going the posted speed limit, perhaps you may be able to react to that,” said Woodruff.

The bypass, which opened less than a year ago, has already been the site of two fatal crashes in May. The latest crash claimed the life of a 16 year old.

“Already with half of the year gone, this year in 2018 we have had three fatal car accidents and two of them have been in this area,” said Woodruff.

On Thursday, police reconstructed the latest fatal crash on the highway, hoping to gain insight on how to improve the roadway's safety. Woodruff said police plan to immediately step up patrols on the roadway.

“People can expect that police officers will be out here," she said. "If you are going to speed, you are going to get a ticket.”

The first fatal wreck on Arkansas 25 this year involved a motorcycle and truck.

The most recent happened this past weekend and involved three vehicles and claimed the life of one person.

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