Author - Shannon Newton

Magazine May 2019

A Little Bit Faster, A Little Riskier

Is there public policy to balance our need for speed with our right to safe roads? by Shannon Newton Confession: I like to drive fast. During the first week of the recent 92nd General Assembly, I was pulled over speeding on I-430. Sometimes I apply make-up or eat a cheeseburger while driving too...

Policy Transportation

FAST Was Slow Getting Here

But, it’s a big step forward for Arkansas and the nation. On Dec. 4, President Barack Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act.” After 36 short-term extensions, it has been a long, slow, contentious and bumpy ride to get this long-term...

Transportation

Dear Truck Drivers, Thank You

A couple of weeks ago, my team and I left the office and met at the TA Petro travel center off Interstate 40 in North Little Rock. The station had set up tents in the parking lot, and volunteers were setting up tables and assembling lunches from the grill. A stage had been constructed from a...

Transportation

Trucking Wants What Everyone Wants: Safe Highways

As American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves and others have discussed, a recent New York Times opinion column titled, “The Trucks are Killing Us,” was published without anyone properly vetting the statements contained in it. Despite the author’s implied...