House Unanimously Passes Stephens’ ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ Bill
5/8/2012
HARRISBURG – The House has unanimously passed House Bill 2199, Rep. Todd Stephens’ (R-Montgomery) legislation to fine motorists who ignore temporary police barricades and drive through flooded areas during and after storms.



“This is a major victory for our first-responders,” Stephens said. “They are the people placed in danger when drivers ignore temporary barricades and need to be rescued in a flood zone.”

The issue was first-presented to Stephens by Upper Dublin Township Manager and first-responder, Paul Leonard. Police in Montgomery County have also reported that this is a growing problem. Last year, the National Guard was called into Lower Moreland to rescue three emergency responders who had gone into flood waters to rescue others.

“This recklessness must stop, and those who needlessly endanger our emergency responders must be held accountable,” Stephens said. “My bill does just that.”

Under Stephens’ bill anyone who requires rescue, towing or medical care if they ignore a barricade would be fined $250-$500, have to pay the costs of being rescued and have points assessed to their driving record.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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

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