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Ignore a Flood Roadblock, Get Fined?

Do you think drivers who ignore flood roadblocks and need to be rescued should be fined?

Major storms inevitably bring stories of drivers who ignore flood roadblocks and end up needing rescue by emergency crews.

Now, Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a bill that would levy fines on drivers who disregard the familiar warning to "turn around, don't drown."

The bill would impose:

  • Fine of $250 to $500
  • Two points on a driver's license
  • Cost of water rescue

What do you think? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments section below.

Carl W June 21, 2012 at 06:06 AM
I believe people (honestly) need to be taught the dangers. No one goes through any area, if they think they can make it. One thing - if they see a driver in front of them made it, they think they, too can. NEVER go through if you can't see the road. You never no what may have simply washed up that may puncture a tire, or two. Even if police (happened to me) ORDER you to go through a shallow flood, back up!
Carl W June 21, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Very good point. Also, remember, the rescues are often done by PRIVATELY OWNED & operated vol. fire companies. Maybe the State can pave the way for us, however, we are privately owned non-profit charities. Decisions to charge may well be left to us. Everybody makes mistakes!
Eric S June 26, 2012 at 09:18 PM
See, here's the thing. You can't fix stupid so sometimes ya have to legislate it. Ok, the moron has a washed out car and hurt feelings...big deal. His/her rescuers have families and lives. Which trumps which? Moron with a wrecked car or a family missing their loved one because of a moron? Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Eric S June 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Often the signs are kept in place until engineers have had a chance to assess potential damage to a bridge/road.
Carl W June 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Thank you, "Eric S," in saying signs may STAY UP 'til appropriate engineers determine the road/bridge is safe. Either way, don't take the risks, and - if concerned,- call your city,twsp, or local PennDot! Think of this when other times you feel a warning or message is wrong - CHECK ON IT. As firefighter/officer, you may have just a split second, at best, to get out that fire exit you regularly store things in front of (yes, YOU, mini-mart w/ huge gas tanks)!!

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