do not drive through flood water

Drivers disobeying rules

• “This is why roads are closed and drivers are warned not to enter flooded road ways – this is the Newell Highway south of Forbes.” Information and photographs courtesy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command – NSW Police Force Facebook Page

By Melissa Blewitt

 

Drivers are putting their lives at risk and damaging the local road network as they conintue to ignore “road closed” signs throughout the Lachlan Shire.

There have been a number of sightings of trucks driving on unsealed roads through long stretches of water, severely damaging the surface structure.

Police can issue traffic infringement notices to drivers that ‘Disobey road access signs’, which carries a penalty of $253 and two demerit points.

This fine is for light vehicles, and depending on the number of axles, the fine increases, as more damage is done.

Police in Lachlan Local Area Command would also like to remind people not to drive through floodwaters.

“The message is simple ‘do not drive through flood waters’. Cars can easily be washed off the road,” Chief Inspector Nick Weyland said.

Motorists need to be aware that all insurances, including car/vehicle, income protection, and life insurance can be rendered null and void, and may not/will not cover the driver or those in the vehicle, should an accident occur.

The Condobolin Argus implores drivers to obey all road signs, and respect the road network that is under extreme stress due to the current flood event across the Shire.

 

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