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Ohio House committee passes high water bill
The bill would levy hefty fines on Ohioans who ignore “high water” signs

Jo Ingles
Republican House Rep. Rex Damschroder says this bill is named after Allen Anderson Junior, a Wellington Fire District officer who lost his life trying to save two teenagers from rushing swift water.
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An Ohio House committee has passed a bill that would levy hefty fines on Ohioans who ignore “high water” signs on the state’s roadways when they are temporarily covered with water. If someone ignores the high water signs, this legislation would impose a fine of up to two thousand dollars that would be payable to whoever ends up rescuing the driver. Republican House Member Rex Damschroder says this bill is named after a Wellington Fire District officer Allen Anderson Jr.

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“Mr. Anderson was the local firefighter who saved the lives of a driver and a passenger but tragically lost his own life in a Lorain County accident in 2006.”

Anderson tried to rescue two teens from rushing swift water that had flowed over a road in Lorain County. He lost his life but the teens were later rescued by others. The bill will be going to the full House for its approval soon.
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