posted: 11/30/2013 3:25 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: My husband and I recently bought a Polaris 900 side by-side. Several of our friends have them and had regular car tags and could drive them on the street. I went to the local revenue office for a list of modifications and was told “Oh, honey, we don’t do that anymore.” What! How come we can no longer license these side by-sides ? This Polaris even has seat belts. — Deep in the Hole
posted: 11/23/2013 3:56 a.m.
He Who Finds Answers: Are dash cams legal in Arkansas? On a recent fling through the central U.S., I saw cars with such cameras mounted. Some had a sticker on the back windshield that said dash camera in use. —Sam
posted: 11/16/2013 5:05 a.m.
Mahatma: Leaves are falling, and commercial lawn care maintenance types are blowing leaves into the roadways. Mama would never approve of their disrespectful behavior, trashing someone else’s property. Is this legal? — Gathering Leaves
posted: 11/09/2013 3:43 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Several years ago, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said it would widen Cantrell Road between Mississippi Avenue and North Hughes Street. When will this wonderful event occur? — Maxine
posted: 11/04/2013 4:21 a.m.
Monday is the day most readers decide to call the newspaper to lodge a complaint. Probably because they spent the whole weekend getting worked into a froth over some injustice. Sometimes that injustice is merited; most of the time it is perceived but not real.
posted: 11/02/2013 3:54 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: A state highway use tax is included in the price of each gallon of gasoline and on-road diesel fuel sold. With the increased popularity of vehicles fueled by natural gas, propane and electric charged batteries, how will that tax be collected on those vehicles? — Lonoke Jack
posted: 10/26/2013 4:04 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Can you find out why license tags no longer show the county in which you live? That was much more interesting and easier to remember than just a group of numbers. Why can’t they bring back the old way? — Sue
posted: 10/19/2013 3:48 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: I saw in the newspaper where the Arkansas State Police has gone back to some of those low-profile patrol cars. What about us women who are afraid of creeps pretending to be real policemen? How do we know these are actual troopers? — Thoughtful
posted: 10/15/2013 3:25 a.m.
The names come easy to Laverne Davis.
posted: 10/12/2013 6:28 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: My wife and I came across the Mississippi River bridge on Interstate 40 recently. Made me proud to see the nice visitors center in West Memphis. A few miles west are the remains of the old center. Building demolished, but it looks like a job half done. When will this be cleaned up? — Mary and Joe
posted: 10/07/2013 4:51 a.m.
Our longtime executive editor, Griffin Smith, used to say this: “We love all our readers.” He usually said this in the context of a complaint or conflict with one of those dearly beloved. To Smith’s credit, he meant it, and was unfailingly polite with any reader, no matter what the complaint.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:39 a.m.
Johnny Allison is a banker with the bark off.
posted: 10/05/2013 6:07 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Will you please tell people to dim their lights for oncoming traffic? I see this more and more. — Dim your lights
posted: 09/28/2013 4:31 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: So there I was driving east on 12th Street, stopped at the red light at Woodrow. I was going to make a right turn but decided to wait for the green. All of a sudden I hear this roar, and coming up behind me in the bike lane were two motorbikes. They turned right onto Woodrow, then zipped onto Interstate 630. Are motorbikes allowed in the bicycles lanes? Don’t they belong in the regular traffic lanes? — Carol
posted: 09/21/2013 3:36 a.m.
O Great and Wise Mahatma: When construction of the third lanes on Interstate 40 between Conway and North Little Rock are completed, will big-rig drivers be told they may only drive in the right two lanes? This would make my life so much easier. — Wampus Cat
posted: 09/14/2013 3:53 a.m.
Last week’s column has elicited an outburst from readers. Bless their collective hearts.
posted: 09/07/2013 4:40 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: A truck changed lanes in front of me on the Interstate 30 bridge, and I saw no flag on the poles and lumber sticking out beyond the tailgate. In fact, I see all sorts of things sticking out of pickups, but not one red flag. I thought it was the law to add a flag to an oversized load. Am I wrong? — Mary Ann
posted: 09/02/2013 4:23 a.m.
This has been a crazy year in the newspaper business. Well, in lots of businesses, but this column is supposed to be about newspapering. So let’s highlight some of the insanity in inky wretchdom.
posted: 08/31/2013 3:55 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: I got a ticket for passing a school bus. I was at a four-way stop, headed south. The bus was headed west on the intersecting street and was stopped picking up kids. When I crossed through the intersection a policeman was waiting. I’m 76 years old, and this is my first traffic ticket. Was I wrong? — Little Rock Phil
posted: 08/24/2013 3:23 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Do you know if the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has plans to widen the bit of Colonel Glenn Road from Shackleford Road to Stagecoach Road? Traffic seems heavier over the past year or so, and widening might alleviate some of that congestion. — 72204 Commuter
posted: 08/17/2013 6:01 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: The east side of Military Drive in North Little Rock has a nice bike trail paralleling the street. I sometimes see bicyclists occupy the auto lanes while the trail goes unused. What is their obligation to stay off the road when there is a trail available? As an editorial comment, as a bicyclist myself, I think all bicyclists should have to take a bicycle safety course. — Mr. David
posted: 08/13/2013 3:54 a.m.
Bringing up baby, especially the first one, is trial and error, supplemented by endless advice, word of mouth, old wives’ tales and an industry devoted to separating Dad from his wallet.
posted: 08/10/2013 2:42 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Is it legal to drive a vehicle with bare feet? — High Heels
posted: 08/05/2013 12:22 a.m.
In a college classroom, a very long time ago, a hot debate ensued over the word #$% & and its use in different places and at different times. (It shouldn’t take much imagination to figure out what #$% & means.) One student shrugged her shoulders and said, hey, it’s just a word.
posted: 08/03/2013 3:29 a.m.
A discussion here recently of interstate cable median barriers elicited more questions about them. For instance, why do some run right down the middle of a median, while in other places they switch from one side to the other?
posted: 07/27/2013 3:23 a.m.
Hello Mahatma: My son lives in Africa. He’ll be here this summer for a visit. He doesn’t have an Arkansas driver’s license. Nor does he have a driver’s license for any U.S. state. He does have a driver’s license from the country in which he works. Is it legal for him to drive in Arkansas? My insurance company confirms that he is insured when he is driving an automobile registered in my name and will provide a letter stating so. — Mr. Jim
posted: 07/20/2013 2:46 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: I’m enamored of the Big Rock at the new exchange at Interstates 430 and 630. Why not turn it into a work of art like Mount Rushmore? We could have local stoneworkers sculpt the likeness of famous Arkansas politicians like Faubus and Rockefeller. OK, politicians might be controversial. An easier choice would be to carve the face of Frank Broyles into the rock. Maybe the Razorback Foundation would help underwrite the project! — Susan
posted: 07/13/2013 4:46 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: I read about the golf carts in Little Rock. I live in Benton and see kids driving them around town. Can they legally do this? If not, what should I do to stop them? And what do you recommend to improve my score on the links? — Niblick
posted: 07/06/2013 2:16 a.m.
Mysterious paved strip just barrier Dear Mahatma: What is the purpose of the sidewalk-sized pavement additions in the median of Interstate 530 in Pine Bluff? — Interested Dear All-Seeking Transportation Wizard: They’re putting in sidewalks along I-530 in Pine Bluff. .
posted: 07/01/2013 3:14 a.m.
Forgetting an anniversary is no small matter, and some readers aren’t shy about reminding the newspaper when it misses what they consider to be one that’s important.
posted: 06/29/2013 4:02 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Your answer last week about a left turn on red wasn’t exactly correct. One can legally turn left on a red light after stopping, when turning left from a one-way street onto another one-way street. — Bill
posted: 06/22/2013 5:30 a.m.
Dear Mahatma, Ye of Great Wisdom: When did it become illegal to use your turn signal? Cars zip in front of me without signaling and eat up my buffer space. Also, when did it become legal to make a left turn on red? I now hesitate when my light turns green. Did I miss another update? — Confused in Little Rock Dear Confused: Wisdom is the meld of knowledge and (mostly bad) experience, as you have learned on the streets and highways.
posted: 06/15/2013 5:06 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: I was driving home on Interstate 40, Little Rock to Conway. Around Morgan, I started to smell something really nasty. A half-mile later, I was behind one of those big trucks that carry animal parts. It spewed gunk all over my car. The driver stayed in the left lane, doing 64 mph, 1 mph under the speed limit for trucks, and would not get over. What would you have done? — Conway Twittered
posted: 06/09/2013 3:37 a.m.
It’s the top of the fifth inning at Dickey-Stephens Park, with the Arkansas Travelers holding a precarious 1-0 lead against the San Antonio Missions.
posted: 06/08/2013 5:16 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Is it legal for golf carts to be driven on the streets of Little Rock? — Look Out!
posted: 06/03/2013 4:10 a.m.
Readers ask questions; we give out answers. They don’t always like the answer, but we’re dancing as fast as we can.
posted: 06/01/2013 4:59 a.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board recently proposed a change in the level at which blood-alcohol content would be grounds for an arrest for driving while intoxicated, from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent.
posted: 05/25/2013 5:07 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: We’re buying a 1965 Chevelle Super Sport that was manufactured in December 1964. It has no seat belts. How does the seat-belt law apply to this car? We’re paying a lot of money for this classic car and want to be legal. — Four on the Floor
posted: 05/18/2013 5:18 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Cantrell Road used to have a 25 mph school zone between University Avenue and Kavanaugh Boulevard. Now it’s a school zone when flashing, no reduction in speed required. Why the change? — John
posted: 05/11/2013 5:03 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: I recently drove from Little Rock to southeast Arkansas. My day was brightened by the beautiful wildflowers in bloom along the highway on either side of Dumas. Imagine my dismay later in the day when I returned to find mowers at work. What is the explanation for obliterating this beauty? — A Sad Bee
posted: 05/06/2013 3:32 a.m.
Two important figures in Arkansas journalism recently passed on. They couldn’t have been more different.
posted: 05/05/2013 3:25 a.m.
Susan Young was in rural Tennessee not so long ago, in the Smokies, when she stopped at a convenience store on a cool morning.
posted: 05/04/2013 4:42 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes where daily speed traps are to be located. Why? What’s gained by warnings that curtail speeding for a couple of blocks and then the violators are back at it? Give them a hefty fine instead and make my day. — Alan
posted: 04/27/2013 4:56 a.m.
Oh Great One: Two cars enter a two-lane traffic circle simultaneously, side by side. The inside car wishes to exit the circle by continuing straight within her marked lane, while the outside car wishes to continue around the circle in his lane. Unless one yields, a collision will occur. Which driver has the right of way? And should the man yield to the small woman talking on her cell phone? — Keep Calm and Carry On
posted: 04/20/2013 4:47 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: My son had a medical emergency several weeks ago and we made a spirited run to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. It was early on a Saturday. There was very little traffic. I turned on my flashers and proceeded to SAFELY break every traffic law that impeded my progress. Can you tell me the proper protocol for dealing with a law enforcement officer, should one take exception to my driving in such a situation? — Concerned Papa
posted: 04/13/2013 5:04 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: Are those large, flashing digital billboards legal? I’ve seen some, not counting the digitized gas price signs. — Lead Guitarist
posted: 04/06/2013 4:52 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: I have noticed that unexplained markings like capital X’s have appeared on freeways, streets and even sidewalks. What gives? Is Big Brother spying on us? — Freedom Lover
posted: 04/01/2013 4:05 a.m.
It’s an odd year, and so the state Legislature is in town to do all sorts of things in its regular session, including tinker with the state Freedom of Information Act.
posted: 03/31/2013 4:08 a.m.
John Nakamura gazed at the surrounding farm fields. In the distance was a smokestack, all that remained of the camp where he and about 8,000 other Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II.
posted: 03/30/2013 4:48 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: What’s the deal with the LaHarpe/Cantrell curve project? Will it ever be completed, O seer of things not apparent to the rest of us? And while we’re at it, is there an active plan to replace the viaduct on Cantrell close to Cajun’s Wharf? — Sam