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Ohio House Committee OKs Bill Levying Hefty Fines for Entering High Water on Roadways

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM

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An Ohio House committee has passed a bill that would levy hefty fines on Ohioans who ignore “high water” signs on the state’s roadways when they are temporarily covered with water.

If someone ignores the high water signs, this legislation would impose a fine of up to $2,000 that would be payable to the person or people who end up rescuing the driver. Republican State Rep. Rex Damschroder says this bill is named after a Wellington Fire District officer Allen H. Anderson Junior.

“Mr. Anderson was the local firefighter who saved the lives of a driver and a passenger—but tragically lost his own life in a Lorain County accident in 2006,” Damschroder said.

Anderson attempted to rescue two teens from rushing swift water that had flowed over a road in Lorain County. He lost his life but the teens were later rescued by others. The bill will be going to the full house for its approval soon.

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