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Glendale, AZ - Be Glendale Monsoon Ready

Aware on the Road and 'Stupid Motorist Law'

While safety officials urge people to avoid driving during monsoon storms, sometimes it is inevitable. If you are caught in a storm while on the road, please keep the following in mind:

  • Slow down! The first rains of the season can bring oils and other fluids to the road surfaces, causing slick conditions.

  • Do not attempt to cross flooded roadways. Shallow running water can rise quickly or have great pressure, which will sweep your vehicle off the road. High enough waters can also stall your engine. Under the Arizona "Stupid Motorist Law," a driver requiring rescue from a flooded wash, with posted warning signs or gates, may also be held responsible for the cost of the water rescue. To read more about the “Stupid Motorist Law” click here.

  • What if you can’t see due to heavy rain or blowing dust? Safety officials urge drivers to pull off to the right side of the roadway as far as possible, turn off the engine and lights, remain in the vehicle and keep your foot off of the break pedal. Drivers may see break lights and assume you are driving on the road and follow you, which can lead to a crash.

  • If a traffic light is not working, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

  • Stay away from downed power lines. If one has fallen on your vehicle, stay inside and dial 911.

  • Stay informed. Listen to your car radio for the latest traffic and weather conditions.

If you become stuck in a wash:

  • Call 911.


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