Emergency Road Closure Violations Can Be Dangerous And Costly - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Emergency Road Closure Violations Can Be Dangerous And Costly

SPOKANE, WA- Emergency highway closures in this area are a challenge for Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews and the motoring public.  While many drivers and residents are inconvenienced by the closures, a few motorists created an even bigger problem and a safety hazard for themselves and WSDOT crews.

This evening, snow and wind combined to create snowdrifts, and visibility problems for drivers.  The WSDOT closed a section of SR 28 to prevent drivers from entering areas that were impassable.

A number of drivers went past the official closure signs and attempted to continue on the highway. 

These drivers create a serious safety concern.  Not only could they face serious injury to themselves or highway crews, but drivers could face a fine of $124 or more if they violate a highway closure.

Under Washington law, RCW 47.48.040, the white sign with black lettering "Road Closed" marks a location where all private and commercial vehicle traffic is restricted.  Only official law enforcement, authorized emergency services, or WSDOT vehicles are permitted to pass.  Residents inside the closure would need to contact the Washington State Patrol or WSDOT for access.

The WSDOT reminds motorists to drive safely and observe these emergency road closures, for their own safety and the safety of WSDOT crews.

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