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Drivetime Mahatma: Roadside radar feeds sign boards

posted: 02/28/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: There are a lot of small orange trailers on Interstates 430 and 40. They have small solar panels and radar guns. Is this for traffic count or speed? They seem to be every 1,000 feet. -- Ed

Drivetime Mahatma: Kindly get snow, ice off car top

posted: 02/21/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: After a winter storm, as we bebop around in our ice-covered vehicles, some people don't think or care to get the ice off their hoods, roofs and trunks. So an iceberg the size of the one that sank the Titanic becomes airborne and crashes into the following vehicle. This shows a lack of respect for others and could hurt someone. Take the time and do the right thing. -- Mr. Good Advice

Grand Ole Ozarks

posted: 02/15/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

An old Lovin' Spoonful song about country music's ground zero -- "There's thirteen hundred and fifty-two guitar pickers in Nashville" -- could apply to this town, which calls itself the folk music capital of the world.

Drivetime Mahatma: Driver sees red when light dallies

posted: 02/14/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I recently sat motionless on Rodney Parham Road at Cantrell Road waiting for an unchanging red light to turn green. At 5:03 p.m., I dialed the city services number (311) and a recording said it was closed. At 5:17 p.m., I joined the stampede making hazardous U-turns to escape while I still had gas in my tank. -- Annoyed

Drivetime Mahatma: I-530 crew gets relief, out in open

posted: 02/07/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: We drive through the construction project on Interstate 530 south of Little Rock and have seen workers and dump-truck drivers urinating in view of people driving up and down the interstate. What should we do about this? -- Full Frontal

Drivetime Mahatma: Pavement space not sold for ads

posted: 01/31/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: On Sixth Street downtown, just west of Main, there's a rectangular sign painted on the pavement. It's right in the middle of the street, it's purple and white, and says "JRMC. Where care comes to life." Is the city selling advertising space on the streets of Little Rock? -- Your Pal Jeannie

Drivetime Mahatma: Misplaced placard nets ticket

posted: 01/24/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I got a ticket for unauthorized parking in a handicapped spot. Our sedan, which I was driving, doesn't have a plate, but I carry the rear-view mirror placard. I forgot to display the placard when my wife and I went to lunch. Is the offense a failure to display, or parking in the spot without a permit? If the former, I will plead guilty to my second ticket in 55 years of driving. -- Somewhat Aggravated

Drawing on history

posted: 01/18/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

This story begins with a box. In a museum. In Chicago.

Drivetime Mahatma: Granddad waiting for new road

posted: 01/17/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Ol' Great One of the Roadways: My granddaughter Zoe lives in Pollard and wants Nana and Pawpaw to visit often. We live in Vilonia and travel U.S. 67 to Walnut Ridge and then cut across to Pollard. When will the new section of 67 North from Arkansas 226 to Walnut Ridge be opened? -- A Needed Pawpaw

Our Freedom : A precious thing

posted: 01/12/2015 3:01 a.m. Comments 3

This column originally ran Feb. 7, 2006, and remains timely in light of events in France.

Drivetime Mahatma: Job started 15, 20 years ago in 2013

posted: 01/10/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: They've been working on Arkansas 18 between Blytheville and Jonesboro for what seems like 15 to 20 years. When might it be finished? -- Forgotten NE Corner

Drivetime Mahatma: Witnessing street-level just deserts

posted: 01/03/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Dear Folks: The following happened the other day. It is a true story.

Drivetime Mahatma: All bumps not created equal in LR

posted: 12/27/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Dear Sultan of the Asphalt: A neighbor passed around a petition a few years ago to put speed bumps on Sanford Drive. They were put in. Very shallow. Drivers cross them once and quit slowing down. I see other speed bumps around town that create the opposite effect. Go over too fast, and replace your vehicle. If the street folks start parsing the difference between humps and bumps, please deliver some thumps on my behalf. -- Devoted Follower

Drivetime Mahatma: Dangerous distractions beset drive

posted: 12/20/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Driving to Lonoke on Interstate 40 recently, I came upon a car being driven somewhat erratically. Passing, I looked over at the driver and saw him scratching off lottery tickets in the center of his steering wheel at 70 mph. I have witnessed distracted drivers before, but this guy wins the prize. -- Little Rock Mike

Drivetime Mahatma: Lit-up signs too bright in the dark

posted: 12/13/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Does the city regulate the brightness of electronic signs? There's one on Chenal Parkway that is insanely bright -- blindingly bright -- whenever I drive past it at night. Seems dangerous to me. -- He Who Plies the Parkway


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