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

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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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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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