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Pennsylvania implements law to keep motorists from harm's way

GasBuddy Blog -- How often have you seen this?

You're driving locally amidst heavy rain and over a prolonged period the potential for local flooding in low-lying areas near rivers and such creates potentially dangerous flood conditions.

Local traffic enforcement, police and possibly folks from the department of public works or other emergency responders move quickly to divert traffic away from problem areas and set up necessary detours for motorists safety. In some places they may be positioning police to direct traffic or setting up signs directing traffic away from problem areas.

And yet, invariably, there's always some motorists who think the directives from local traffic enforcement do not apply to them; they choose to...


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Submitted Sep 12, 2012 By: PD
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sts808
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 7:27:21 AM

ok
me2too4c
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 4:03:56 AM

good ideal hope it helps
my2002m
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:21:31 PM

Lots of stupid drivers out there.
gknee09
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 5:42:14 PM

great idea! people need to be responsible for their actions.
slowtrain
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 4:49:22 PM

Yesterday's news.
matthwbar
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:15:02 PM

Sounds like a good idea...
sammy518
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:14:48 PM

HIT THEM IN THE WALLET!!!!!!!!!!!if there are warning signs and people ignore them, they should have to pay the cost of our police and emergency services rescuing them. sometimes you have to hit people in the wallet before they pay attention. we have major flash flooding in central texas. many years ago, a couple of idiots thought it would be a great time to go down the creek in their inner tubes (safe river tubing is a great past time in the TX heat). police, ems & rescue helicopters all came to their aid, and they lived. BUT, since warning had been announced on TV and radio, these fools got to pay the $7,000+ cost of rescuing their butts. haven't heard of this problem happening since then.

Only problem is with low water crossings is barricades can not be put out quick enough to keep the fools from driving thru. you have to know your surroundings, if you don't, don't take any chances. you not only jeopardize yourself & your family, ALSO those first responders called to rescue.

i was amazed when i heard of an app responders use to judge how far away washed away auto would be (to look for them) based on the cubic inch water flow/speed in a flood. instead of looking close to where they left the road, they would be able to tell other responders to look yards or miles down these creeks for the washed away autos/people and set up rescue lines.
DeeLA
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:13:40 PM

A good law that should have been implemented years ago.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:12:22 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:08:04 PM

Old news is good news!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:07:06 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:07:04 PM

Too many laws.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:05:45 PM

ok
cssco
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:05:35 PM

Mother nature will find another way to cull the heard should this actually work, which isn't likely.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:05:33 PM

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:05:26 PM

Some people need lots of help to survive .
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:04:02 PM

This is about 3 days old & irrelevant.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:59:18 PM

Leave it alone, Those of us left will all be better off.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:59:01 PM

There will be some that say that their rights are being violated.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:58:59 PM

okay
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:57:59 PM

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHM...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:54:48 PM

stupid is as stupid does. they deserve what happens to them in high water.

IN GOD WE TRUST
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:54:14 PM

this is good that they try to take care of people but some people will ignore them
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:52:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:49:44 PM

But will this lower oil prices...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:48:24 PM

Too often politicians pass new laws as a quick and easy way to handle problems instead of actually trying to figure out a real solution. There will always be people who think they are special and therefore don't have to be considerate to others or just don't think the rules are meant for them. New laws can not be implemented because of this one percent of the population. That's why we have so many laws that cause more anguish to the majority of the population the follows the rule and tries to be considerate of other people than it does to those who don't. Most of the time those people do not care if it's a law or not, they still do what they want when they want to do it.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:44:02 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:43:06 PM

let them do as they wish

thin the herd
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:42:32 PM

They just plucked a dozen people by helicopter out of a flooded street here in Vegas on 9/11.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:37:21 PM

There are idiots breaking the law on a daily basis......running red lights, stop signs, and pulling out of strip malls and gas stations without stopping. Sometimes it happens when police are watching. Maybe we need new policemen.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:35:20 PM

ok
Settjec
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:35:11 PM

I do believe Texas does that same thing.
GreenLegend
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:32:41 PM

Can't make stupidity illegal.
How about better emergency planning and personnel placement?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:29:09 PM

Good law and good luck Pennsylvania! I can't wait to hear how this is 'needless government regulation' from the Republicans on this site.

[Edited by: wshutton at 9/13/2012 3:30:52 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:28:16 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:27:06 PM

a progressive step which should result in safer conditions for all
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:24:25 PM

keep everyone safe
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:18:37 PM

no
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:18:15 PM

why not just charge them for the cost of the rescue?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:09:36 PM

There will always be an idiot that will ignore all the signs and warnings, thinking that they don't apply to them.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:07:05 PM

You can make all the laws you want, but you can't legislate common sense!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:03:37 PM

"When motorists are confronted with emergency road closures, we urge them to use common sense ..."

Urging stupid people to use common sense is not common sense.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:02:20 PM

In Arizona, we call this exactly what it is, The stupid motorist law. I'm not sure if that is the official name, but that is what everyone calls it, including all the news stations.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:02:19 PM

"amidst heavy rain and over a prolonged period"
Nope, haven't seen that for years.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:59:23 PM

Too many laws on the backs of motorists now.
tomok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:56:58 PM

Pennsylvania implements law to keep motorists from harm's way? This law and fine is required to keep the big tire, 'I can go anywhere' Ford 4-wheel drive pickup from doing the obvious with flooded streets, roads and bridges.
Keep the emergency responders safe from any and all Darwin Award candidates!
It's another case of 'Thinning the Herd!'
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
lovinguy71
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:54:58 PM

ok
AnnRKee
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:54:54 PM

This is the kind of legislation that comes from our high paid representatives?
Time to vote 'em out of office, folks!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:53:58 PM

If someone want to command their own submarine, let them. Just make sure that they are the ones who pay to bring it back on shore.
retbpd
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:53:57 PM

I agree, however why is PA just passing a law like this now Wahington state has had a failure to obey restrictive sign law on the book for years
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:53:50 PM

Wake up Pennsylvania, stay out of harms way.
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