BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — Benton County officials are warning drivers about moving barricades after flooding.
Heavy flooding this past week caused several roads in Benton County to close.
Some drivers were caught moving barricades and tape to drive through the flooded streets, posing a dangerous risk to all drivers.
According to Arkansas Code, it’s illegal to drive a car through, under, over, or around traffic control devices or barricades.
It’s also illegal to remove them to enter the closed area.
You could be fined up to $100 and be liable for damage to property, and injury or death to a person caused by the violation.
Sgt. Gene Page with the Bentonville Police Department says if you see a road that is flooded, never assume it’s shallow enough to drive through.
“It’s obviously for your safety, but you got to think of the damage you could do to your vehicle trying to cross some of these roads — whether it’s trees or limbs down, or if it’s flooding. Not only does it put you at risk, but you also have to think about the damage to your vehicle or risk to others,” Sgt. Page said.
With potential severe weather again this week, Page recommends to look early for alternate routes to work.
It could save you time and damage to you car.