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Ignore "Road Closed" Sign and Pay a Fine

Pa. drivers who ignore closed road barriers and signs in flooded areas and other hazardous conditions will face still penalties under a new law

 

A new state law imposing stiff penalties on motorists who ignore “road closed” or other safety warning signs and devices is now in effect.

Act 114, signed on July 5 by Gov. Tom Corbett, reinforces the critical need for all drivers to obey traffic control signs. The law aims to increase safety for motorists and emergency responders in areas where flooding or other hazardous conditions exist.

Under the law, motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions:

  • Will have two points added to their driving records
  • 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. In addition, violators will be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the emergency response.

Is this new law a good idea? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

“Too often, motorists decide their immediate needs outweigh the safety warning signs and they ignore them, which increases hazards for them and emergency responders,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “This law underscores that we take safety seriously. When motorists are confronted with emergency road closures, we urge them to use common sense and obey the signs that are placed to keep them safe.”

Information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Howard M McGoldrick September 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Do you know not one penny is given back to the fire police or municipality for the equipment that is destroyed by these people that don't know another way home! The fines go to the state not the people who have to buy new equipment! Traffic cones are $ 38.00 or more barricades are $ 125.00 each or more.
Jennifer Moyer September 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
There are sometimes legitimate, or at least reasonable, instances for ignoring the signs...for example a news reporter wishing to obtain pictures for a story or obtaining entrance to a driveway or property between the signs and the actual hazard. I would hope the law makes adequate provision for the numerous reasonable exceptions that are possible.
Ron Beitler September 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I am OK with this if there are requirements that localities remove these barriers IMMEDIATELY (within reason) when the danger has passed. Too often these remain up long after the danger has passed.
Ron Beitler September 13, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hmm this is definitely a problem IMO with this law. The fine money should go to the municipality setting up the signs.
Leslie September 13, 2012 at 05:33 PM
With respect to the money going to the municipality, it's not always a municipal road, sometimes it's dual and State supercedes that, I believe.

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