'Stupid Motorist Law' is a costly reminder

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by Warren Trent

Video report by Gary Harper

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 12:18 PM

PHOENIX -- When the monsoons hit, they can hit hard, causing widespread damage while flooding out streets and washes across Arizona.

But driving through washes is extremely dangerous and puts lives at risk. So don't do it.

However, if you attempt to drive through a flooded area and get stuck, you could be in for a hefty fine through Arizona’s "Stupid Motorist Law," which went into effect in 1995.

It states you'll be responsible for any costs to rescue you if you choose to ignore warning signs to avoid certain areas.

If an emergency vehicle comes to the rescue and you need a tow out of danger, you can still be billed up to $2,000!

Remember, it only takes a few inches of water to get your vehicle caught in a flood.

While it might cost you extra time to get to your destination, it certainly is safer to avoid the floods and avoid the risk and potential heavy fines.

Remember that monsoon season is only about half over, so there's a lot more flooding to come.

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