"Don't worry, Ma. I think we can make it with this newfangled automobile."
I was hiking in a "wash" near Saguaro National Park. About a quarter mile down the wash from the paved road, I came upon this old car, half buried in the sand.
Someone thought that the summer monsoon flood running across the road wasn't all that dangerous, and he (don't you think it had to be a man?) gunned the accelerator and made for the other side. Oops!
Flash flood danger
Today, Arizona has approximately 100 drownings per year, and more than half involve automobiles. People move the signs and drive around them because, to their untrained eye, the water isn't very deep, and couldn't possibly present a danger.
It doesn't take more than a few inches of fast-flowing water to sweep a car off the road and down the wash.
Stupid Motorist Law
As Arizona has become more populated, the problem of rescuing individuals has been offset by Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Law." If you're stupid enough to go around the sign and drive into a flooded wash, you'll pay the cost of your own rescue, plus a hefty fine to go with the experience.
Today (June 15) is the official first day of the summer Monsoon season. You only have one life. Don't gamble it away.
I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Arizona Mortgage Lender.
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