INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Seeing drivers ignore warning signs and barricades during recent flooding has many wondering, who enforces those temporary road closings? And, what will it cost you if you just keep driving?
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, going around the barriers is a violation only if you've driven around a properly posted sign. That's a sign with black letters on a white background. Other signs are just warnings.
But that's the state of Indiana.
Marion County has it's own code. It says in part, "the driver of any vehicle and all pedestrians shall obey the directions of any traffic control device." And the code lets "the board of public works, the chief of police, the fire chief or the county sheriff decide when a road or street can be shutdown. The fine for not obeying the temporary barrier in Marion County is not less than $10. A maximum is not spelled out, but the ordinance does say the fine can't be waived or suspended."
But IMPD says to remember those barriers are about your safety, not about law enforcement. While you can get a ticket for disregarding the barriers, you could also endanger yourself or others. And that's why, they urge you to heed the warnings and avoid the problem completely.
A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 65 shut down lanes Wednesday morning.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office asked that drivers use caution Wednesday morning as black ice was reported on some bridges in the county.
An investigation is underway into an early morning crash in Vigo County.