Oklahoma's governor signs an amended traffic law to help stem the flood of high-water road rescues.
Governor Mary Fallin approved House Bill 1232 in May. It gives authorities more control to close flooded streets and highways.
Drivers who ignore barricades already risk a ticket and their safety. Now, they may also have to pay the costs for rescue.
Motorists could be forced to cover damage done to equipment used if they get stuck.
The new law says traffic courts will decide whether or not offenders pay the extra costs.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will answer questions on the new law at a press conference Tuesday morning.