Yes, Arizona has jumped up a few notches in my book.


The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will invoke the state’s “stupid motorist law” for the first time, after a Cave Creek man drove around traffic barricades and tried to cross a flooded street last week in his Hummer.

Of course, this is the part that’s most puzzling to me:

If he is found guilty of the charge in Cave Creek Municipal Court, he will be prosecuted under the state’s stupid motorist law, which was passed in 1995 and requires drivers to reimburse the state for the cost of rescues.

It’s taken them 10 years to find a motorist stupid enough to prosecute? You’ve gotta be kidding me…

Categories: Stupidity in action


nancy · 23 February 2005 at 3:11 PM

Maybe it was just the first time to use it in maricopa county. I can’t wait for the person who refuses to call for help because they don’t want to pay the ticket. do they have this law in Texas? There are a lot of stupid people driving in Texas

Brad · 24 February 2005 at 9:00 PM

I am willing to bet that there have been plenty of motorists stupid enough to apply this law…but I am also willing to bet that they don’t arrest the generically stupid, just the creatively stupid. We don’t have a similar law in Texas, although we should. It would not solve the problem of rednecks wading chest deep in water after a downpour and consequently being filmed for the local/national news.


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