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Weather semaphores

Dear Trooper Kathy: Would you happen to know the fine for people crossing the flashing weather semaphores when they are flashing on the highways? It's everyone's understanding that when they are flashing, no one is permitted to leave town. Trooper Kathy Says: Now that it is winter, we need to prepare ourselves for the road closing gates. OK, Here is your reminder. IT is ILLEGAL to drive around the Road Closed Barricades or past the flashing lights!!! If you choose to drive around them or past them you may be charged with a misdemeanor. The typical fine is going to be around $125 depending on your county's fees. You could actually pay up to $1,000 fine if there are extenuating circumstances. Here is what the law says: 160.2715 RIGHT-OF-WAY USE; MISDEMEANORS.(a) Except for the actions of the road authorities, their agents, employees, contractors, and utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by law or contract, and except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful to: 14) drive over, through, or around any barricade, fence, or obstruction erected for the purpose of preventing traffic from passing over a portion of a highway closed to public travel or to remove, deface, or damage any such barricade, fence, or obstruction.(b) Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor. Remember, the barricades are put there for your safety. They are a warning device to help protect you, not a video game where you score points if you drive around it. Help us keep you safe. NOTHING is more important than you safety. If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traffic laws, please e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement.