CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Conway Police Department is adding patrols to a section of Highway 25, known as Salem Road after two fatal crashes occurred within the month of May.

The mile-long extension of Highway 25 opened less than a year ago north of Interstate 40.

“It boils down to safety,” said LaTresha Woodruff, the Conway Police Department public information officer.

On Thursday, investigators reconstructed the scene of a May 27 crash that left a teenager dead.

According to a preliminary crash report, the driver of a Nissan ran a stop sign on Friendship Road at the intersection of Highway 25. A van traveling north on Highway 25 struck the Nissan, killing a 16-year-old passenger in the Nissan.

On May 13, a motorcyclist was killed in a separate crash at the intersection of Highway 25 and Blaney Hill Road.

The crashes occurred within one-half of a mile of each other.

“When we see that there’s the possibility of a problem, then we’re going to address it,” Woodruff said. “And as you can see, we’re out here now and our officers have been heavily patrolling this area."

Woodruff said the department has also received numerous reports of speeding in the 45 mile-per-hour zone.

“We know it's new, but please be mindful,” Woodruff said. "Pay attention, be cautious, watch your speed and watch for other people because other people can make mistakes too that can cause you to have an accident. Be mindful of all of that so we can try to keep this area safe.”