The Pennsylvania State Police is reminding motorists of a new law that went into effect in September 6 giving steep penalties for those who ignore “road closed” signs. Road closures are common due to flooding, downed power lines and downed trees.
The new law outlines penalties for motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions:
- Two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250.
- If the violation results in a need for emergency responders to be called, the fine is increased to between $250 and $500. Violators will also be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the emergency response.
Police say when a motorist fails to obey these signs, they can potentially put their own life in danger, as well as the lives of the first responders if rescue is necessary.
For full article see: Hurricane Sandy: State police remind motorists of ‘road closed’ law.