by Victor Lopez
ODESSA - Sixteen calls in less than two hours.
That's how busy the Odessa Fire Department was Tuesday morning thanks the rain and the flooded streets.
Police say many of those calls could have been avoided if drivers had heeded "turn around, don't drown".
Turn around don't drown is a Nationwide campaign. And if the advice is followed, there would be no need for emergency teams to get called out on high water rescues. But what many dont know, there is more at stake that just damages and injuries.
According to Sgt. Sherrie Carruth with the Odessa Police Department, if you're in a car and happen to get swept away by high water, you as the driver can be held criminally responsible for any damage or injury sustained by anyone in your car. Or if you drive through a puddle and splash someone else as you pass, and they have an accident, you again can be held criminally responsible for an accident. The thing to remember according to Carruth is drive safely.
Carruth says that just because you drive a larger vehicle like an SUV or hummer, you can't drive like you normally would on a dry highway. You should drive according to the conditions of the roadway.
The bottom line is simple, drive safe, drive smart, and be respectful of your fellow drivers.