Stephens’ ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ Bill Targets Reckless Drivers, Protects First-Responders
2/1/2012
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has announced he will introduce legislation to protect motorists and first-responders from drivers who ignore temporary police barricades.

“The problem was brought to my attention by Upper Dublin Township Manager Paul Leonard and local police who reported drivers placing emergency workers lives in danger by ignoring barricades,” Stephens said. “Upper Dublin and Horsham Townships routinely close roads due to flooding conditions. Drivers have habitually ignored road closed signs and found themselves in dangerous floodwaters and requiring emergency assistance. This bill aims to stop that dangerous practice to protect drivers, their passengers and the first-responders who must go into harm’s way to save them.”

Stephens’ bill, called “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” would impose a fine of $500 for driving around a barrier closing a road due to a hazardous condition. It also calls for a 90-day license suspension if a driver's vehicle becomes disabled as a result of driving around a barricade.

“Our first-responders’ jobs are dangerous enough without having to rescue drivers who carelessly place themselves in jeopardy,” Stephens said.

Flooding in the area has cost millions of dollars in property damage and countless man-hours of rescue efforts.

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State Representative Todd Stephens
151st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:
David Foster
215-744-2600
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