Barrar Leads Committee Consideration of Legislation to Increase Public Safety on Flooded Roadways
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) today led the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee in its consideration of several bills, including a proposal that would prohibit drivers from disobeying traffic-control devices on closed roadways and would institute a fine for driving around barriers if doing so would result in the need for emergency response services.

“The floods of 2011 really highlighted the need for citizens to respect road barriers, as we sadly saw several individuals swept away and killed by flood waters” said Barrar, majority chairman of the committee. “A motorist who drives around a barrier is not only endangering his or her own life, but is also imperiling the lives of first responders. People should remember that it is always safer to turn around rather than drive through a barricaded or flooded roadway.”

House Bill 2199, which was authored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R- Montgomery), would prohibit motorists from driving around traffic barriers used to close roadways due to potential hazards. The committee approved an amendment to the bill offered by Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) to increase the fine to between $250 and $500 for disobeying traffic barriers which result in the individual requiring the services of emergency personnel, including towing services.

The committee also approved House Bill 2168, authored by Rep. Nick Micarelli (R-Delaware), to increase the minimum state active duty pay for Pennsylvania National Guardsmen from $75 to $100 per day, thereby modernizing the pay scale for the lower-ranking enlisted soldiers and airmen.

“The last time the base state active duty pay was raised for our national guardsmen was 1996,” said Barrar. “Since then, these men and women have faithfully protected Pennsylvania citizens in times of disaster and emergency. Most Americans have seen their pay increase since 1996, and I believe the guardsmen, who are risking their lives to protect ours, deserve the increase.”

Finally, the committee approved House Resolution 542, authored by Rep. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny), which endorses the construction of a Vietnam Veteran Memorial underground educational center.

Barrar, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, noted that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C., and that 3,100 Pennsylvania heroes are honored on “The Wall.” More information about the project is available in a video found on Barrar’s website,

All three measures voted on by the committee will now go before the full House for consideration.

More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at or

State Representative Steve Barrar
160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley 
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