With the Monsoon season in full swing in Arizona, the threat of Flash Floods throughout the state are becoming more and more of a threat. Each day in the news, there is atleast one case of a person who took a chance of driving into a flooded area and unfortunately got stuck and was forced to be rescued by authorities.
Flash Floods are so common in Arizona during the rainy season that an Arizona Law was created in which motorists who took a chance and drove into a flooded area and had to be rescued would actually be charged for their rescue.
The “Stupid Motorist Law”, which corresponds to section 28-910 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, states that any motorist who becomes stranded after driving around barricades to enter a flooded stretch of roadway may be charged for the cost of his/her rescue.
Though it may seem non-threatening, these kind of floods can be very dangerous and can cause injury and even death if caught in a dangerous flooding area.
It’s always better to stay clear of any flash floods that you see and never take a chance of going through one regardless of how deep you feel it is, or whether or not you are driving a car or a truck. Below are a few reasons why NOT to drive in a flash flood.
- The strength of the flow is the critical force, not the depth of the water.
- As little as 10 inches of water can float average-size cars and trucks.
- Control of a vehicle is lost in 6 inches of water.
- Flash flooding usually occurs within 6 hours of a rain event.
Remember, staying safe is the biggest priority whenever you are on the road regardless of the conditions that are out there. If you think a road is too dangerous to cross, find another route. The extra time commuting always out-weighs the dangers of what flash floods can do to your vehicle as well as you and your loved ones.