Stupid Motorist Law

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The "Stupid Motorist Law", which corresponds to section 28-910 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, states that any motorist who becomes stranded after driving around barricades to enter a flooded stretch of roadway may be charged for the cost of his/her rescue.[1]

The need for the law came from the lack of storm sewers in the deserts of the Southwestern United States, combined with heavy rainfall in the desert, usually associated with the summer monsoon. If public emergency services (such as a fire department, or paramedics) are called to rescue the motorist and tow the vehicle out of danger, the cost of those services can be billed to the motorist, plus additional liability of up to $2,000. Motorists are only liable if water already covers the road, barriers are in place but bypassed, and people are rescued from a vehicle.[2]


  1. ^ "Statute 28-910: Liability for emergency responses in flood areas.". Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jim Becker (July 28, 2004). "So-Called 'Stupid Motorist Law' Not Being Used In Pima County". KOLD 13 News: Tucson News Now. Retrieved March 29, 2015.