Res­i­dents urged to com­ply with PRLICE, fire DUR­ING EMER­GEN­CIES

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

BRIS­TOL BOR­OUGH - Merle Winslow, the bor­ough’s emer­gency man­age­ment di­rec­tor, cau­tioned res­i­dents to com­ply with poOLFH DNG fiUH RI­fiFLDOS GuULNJ emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. At the coun­cil’s July work ses­sion, Winslow re­counted the res­cue of a woman who drove KHU FDU LNWR flRRGZDWHUS uN­der the rail­road bridge on Green Lane, be­tween Wil­son Av­enue and Route 13.

That par­tic­u­lar stretch of Green Lane sits low and RIWHN flRRGS GuULNJ KHDvy rain­storms, or ices up and be­comes im­pass­able in frigid weather. Dur­ing one of the re­cent heavy storms, the mo- torist took her chances driv­ing through the wa­ter when her car stalled and started WR fiOO. (PHUJHNFy ZRUNHUS had to res­cue her from the ve­hi­cle.

Winslow said the bar­ri­cades were then placed on ei­ther side of the bridge to warn other mo­torists off. But no sooner had they been in­stalled when a woman with two pas­sen­gers, one of them a young child, blew past the bar­ri­cade and drove through the wa­ter to the Wil­son Av­enue side. When res­cue work­ers con­fronted the woman, she told them she was in a hurry to pick up her own car at the Wawa at car­ragut Av­enue and Green Lane.

“Peo­ple don’t re­al­ize how danger­ous it is” to drive through any stand­ing wa­ter, es­pe­cially un­der that bridge, Winslow said. “When bar­ri­ers go up, they are there for a pur­pose.”

Coun­cil­woman Robyn Trunell said that some peo­ple re­move the bar­ri­ers so that they can go through, risk­ing not only their own lives, but the lives of the next mo­torist who, un­aware that bar­ri­ers had been moved, would drive into dan­ger.

Cur­rently, there’s no law that pro­hibits pass­ing such bar­ri­cades but the Penn­syl­va­nia leg­is­la­ture is con­sid­er­ing a bill that would make it LOOHJDO DNG SuEMHFW WR fiNHS. The law would also em­powHU fiUH SROLFH WR LS­SuH WLFNHWS for the of­fences, Winslow said.

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