Law enforcement warns motorists about dangers of going around barricades

Law enforcement is warning motorists about the danger of going around barricades on state highways or the interstate during times of severe weather.

Officials in both Wyoming and Nebraska said over the weekend that dozens of motorists were stranded on the highways,some for more than 18 hours. There were many motorists who had to be rescued after not complying with road closed barricades, especially the one just north out of Scottsbluff on Highway 71.

While the weather was clear in Scottsbluff, motorists found out quickly the situation was not the same in other counties north of Scottsbluff. Nebraska State Patrol Captain Mike Gaudreault says you should obey the barricades at all times, because it may save you major issues up the road.

If you have questions about why the barricades are there, call the State Patrol at 632-1211 or click on the Nebraska Department of Roads website and its 511 map showing road closures. Fines can be as much as $125 for not complying with the barricades or road closure signs.

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