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Troopers to Ticket Motorists Who Disregard Barriers

Date of News Release: 05/02/2011

(Hickory, Ky.) -- Troopers with the Kentucky State Police at the Mayfield post have been directed to issue citations to anyone disregarding traffic barriers due to flooding. These barriers have been placed in areas due to public safety concerns. Motorists who disobey these devices are putting their lives at risks as well as emergency personnel charged with rescuing them. With an abundance of warnings in place, Troopers and local officers continue to receive reports of travelers disregarding these measures.

Flood waters are rising to record levels and are covering roadways which have never been flooded before. Motorists are urged to drive cautiously to avoid traveling into unexpected flood waters. If travel is necessary, please be reminded to stock your vehicle with items much like you would for winter weather. The roadways which are traveled during the morning commute could be flooded by the evening commute. Motorists should develop a contingency plan in the event they can not make it back to their residences.

Again, traffic control devices and barriers are put into place for public safety. Anyone found to be disregarding these measures are in violation of the law and will be cited. There will be no tolerance for violators who intentionally breach any roadway barrier. Even if barriers are not in place, it is strongly urged that motorists do not travel through any water covered road.

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