Sunday, February 2, 2014

Quiet Sunday

Yuma Lakes RV Resort Yuma, Arizona High 64 Low 46

It is a nice day, even if a little cooler than it has been.

Today the Park had an Ice Cream social. Other than watching Super Bowl all other activities has been suspended for the day.

Cindy is working on one of her quilt kits, which was short some material, for which we bought material at Grandma Jo’s the other day.

I’m just hanging out so I’m going to give some more dumb laws.

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.

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 season. This lack of adequate drainage leads to short term flooding. Many desert cities and towns do not use culverts to channel minor washes (also known by the Spanish name arroyos) beneath the roadway. Only major washes and floodplains have bridges over them. Storm drains, when they are present at all, are spaced quite far apart. Consequently, during rain storms, storm runoff flows over the roadway. During severe rain storms, the washes, underpasses, and areas around large storm drains can flow fast and deep enough to pick up an automobile and carry it downstream. During particularly strong floods, one might see a motorist stuck in a middle of a wash, sitting on the roof of a dead car submerged to the windows.[citation needed]

In such cases, 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.[1]

Sorry, I can’t find where the donkey law came from, but did find this on the internet:
Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs: You can bathe your donkey in your bathtub just make sure he doesn't fall asleep during his bath. I have no idea what this really is about. As with most of the strange laws here, it probably dates back to the good ole wild west days.

I’m afraid Arizona isn't alone. One Utah legislator proposed having TV weathermen buy ice cream for all the state legislators every time they made an incorrect forecast. I’m happy to say that one never got passed.

There are more, which I’ll try to post later.

Thanks for visiting.

1 comment:

  1. I think the stupid motorist law is one of the best ever. I can't believe the number of idiots who try to drive through those flooded areas and then wonder why their cars die. I really need to remember to only wash my donkey in the tub. That one just cracks me up.