Drivers warned of fines for ignoring flood barricades


With heavy rain in the forecast through Friday evening, Pennsylvania State Police and PennDOT are warning drivers to stay off of flooded roadways.

State law makes it illegal to ignore barricades or warning signs.

Drivers caught going around the barricades will pay a $250 fine. If emergency responders have to come to your rescue, provide medical care, or your car needs to be towed because you ignored the warnings, the fine doubles to $500.

You’ll also have to pay for the emergency responders’ expenses, and you’ll get two points on your driving record.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of central Pennsylvania from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening.

The weather service says periods of heavy rain could result in flooding of small rivers and streams beginning Thursday afternoon.

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