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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Pennsylvania motorists should be careful not only of wet leaves but also a new vehicle law that you might encounter if you approach roads over the next few days that are marked "Closed." A new Pennsylvania law imposes stiff penalties on motorists who ignore “Road Closed” or other safety warning signs and devices is now in effect. The law aims to increase safety for motorists and emergency responders in areas where flooding or other hazardous conditions exist.

Under the new law, motorists convicted of driving around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250. If the violation results in a need for emergency responders to be called, the fine is increased to between $250 and $500. In addition, violators will be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the emergency response.

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