New law fines drivers who forge through flooded roads

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 8, 2012 11:33 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A year after severe flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, a new state law aims to keep people from driving into flooded roads. The so-called "turn around, don't drown" law slaps drivers who ignore barricades with a $250 fine.

PennDOT Spokeswoman Jan McKnight says if drivers have to be rescued, they'll also have to pay for the emergency services coming to their aid. "The end result is emergency responders are taken away from other situations where other people didn't place themselves in harm's way to rescue an individual who knowingly bypassed a 'road closed' sign because they felt their needs were more important."

McKnight says even a seemingly small amount of water can disable a vehicle.

She says in a typical year, there are several incidents statewide where emergency personnel have to rescue people who drive around "flooded road" signs.

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