FLOODING: Shop foolish flood drivers on Twitter, says Oxfordshire county chief

The Oxford Times: A van creates a wave as it drives through floods on Abingdon Road                Picture: OX65237 Damian Halliwell A van creates a wave as it drives through floods on Abingdon Road Picture: OX65237 Damian Halliwell

THE leader of Oxfordshire County Council has branded motorists who drive along roads closed due to flooding as “ignorant” and “foolhardy”.

County councillor Ian Hudspeth was speaking after the local authority received a large number of reports of drivers ignoring road closure signs and continuing their journey regardless.

Mr Hudspeth has now urged other motorists to take to Twitter to shame them.

He said: “Just about everybody at the county council is fed up of having to repeat over and over again that it is foolhardy to drive a vehicle on to sections of road that have flooded.

“Our highways teams do not put up road closed signs because the notion takes their fancy.

“They do so because roads are covered in water, will damage vehicles, could harm motorists and will cause bow waves that flood nearby properties.”

The council has said that with water companies around the UK warning that flood water may contain sewage, there is also the chance that driving through it will spread this sewage on to your car and further into flooded streets.

Mr Hudspeth said people who spot drivers ignoring a road closure sign should tweet using the hashtag #bowwavebandit.

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Thames Valley Police has said that if a driver ignores a direct order from a police officer then they can be fined.

But spokesman Lucy Billen said: “Some people have to drive past a road closure sign to get home but if others cause an obstruction or put people in peril then we could obviously look into it.

“We would treat each report on an individual basis and give them a proportionate response.”

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10:15am Wed 12 Feb 14

Madi50n says...

Typical of some motorists, I'm alright jack attitude.

They don't care if they are dangerous, as long as they can get to where they want, when they want then little things like road closure signs, the fact that they are a danger to others and causing further damage to people's property means nothing to them.

Personally, I'd hand their details over to the insurance companies paying out on flooded properties and let them chase them down to recoup the costs. Might mean the poor people whose house are being damaged more by them, don't have their premiums raised as the insurance companies will get the inconsiderate drivers to pay them.

I'd also ban them, driving is a privilege, not a right; can't do it responsibly, you should have that privilege stripped.
Typical of some motorists, I'm alright jack attitude. They don't care if they are dangerous, as long as they can get to where they want, when they want then little things like road closure signs, the fact that they are a danger to others and causing further damage to people's property means nothing to them. Personally, I'd hand their details over to the insurance companies paying out on flooded properties and let them chase them down to recoup the costs. Might mean the poor people whose house are being damaged more by them, don't have their premiums raised as the insurance companies will get the inconsiderate drivers to pay them. I'd also ban them, driving is a privilege, not a right; can't do it responsibly, you should have that privilege stripped. Madi50n

12:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Geoff Roberts says...

Drivers shouldn't be blamed for things like bow waves, I suspect they are just residents or people trying to get to work. Give them a break. If people ignore signs and take risks then that's up to them. It's the floods that are the issue.
Drivers shouldn't be blamed for things like bow waves, I suspect they are just residents or people trying to get to work. Give them a break. If people ignore signs and take risks then that's up to them. It's the floods that are the issue. Geoff Roberts

1:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Madi50n says...

OK Geoff, as long as you apply that rule to everybody, I'm game.

Ignore speed limit signs? one way street signs? signs saying children crossing outside schools.? Are red lights signs?

Motorists and cyclists can both ignore them?
OK Geoff, as long as you apply that rule to everybody, I'm game. Ignore speed limit signs? one way street signs? signs saying children crossing outside schools.? Are red lights signs? Motorists and cyclists can both ignore them? Madi50n

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