Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials have announced a new law that went into effect September 6 and imposes stiff penalties on drivers who ignore certain traffic and safety warning signs and devices.
Under the law, motorists who are caught driving around or through signs or traffic control devices signaling a closed road due to flooding or hazardous conditions will have two points added their driving record. They will also be fined up to $250. If emergency responders need to be called, the fine increases to between $250 and $500. In addition, violators will also have to repay the costs of the emergency response.
The law was passed in hopes of increasing safety for drivers and emergency responders in areas where flooding or other hazardous conditions exist.