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.    

JDBroomall June 22, 2012 at 05:35 PM
You assume that I never have been in a rescue situation. You also assume what type of car/truck I drive, the height off of the ground and ability to drive through a certain depth of water. Wrong on both accounts.
citizenknow June 26, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The whole point of not driving through water is that there is no way to know how deep it is or what the conditions are underneath.
Chuck M June 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I don't think its too much at all. These people put the lives of emergency responders at risk to rescue them for being stupid/lazy. I think maybe we need to suspend their license for 6 months instead of fines. I also hope that their insurance company refuses to pay for their vehicle damage!
Why The Face June 27, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I think the bigger issue is that these people are taking resources away from other real emergencies. If you've read any local fire company website or listened to their reports during township meetings, you'll know that between power lines coming down and lightning striking houses these folks are always super busy during these flooding rain storms. Barricades are there for a reason, something dangerous has already been identified so they closed the road until it can be corrected. For someone to then go around the barricade and purposely put themselves in harms way is ridiculous, wasting fire, ems & police resources for something that was totally avoidable. That's the problem, we're not talking about flash flooding and someone getting randomly stuck in water, we're talking about someone who disregards the safety devices put in place to keep them out of danger. Bring on the fines!
Anthony Wayne June 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM
If you fine people for acting stupid and irresponsible the government would have all the money.


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