Your truck might be able to handle the rushing water cutting across the road, but your wallet might not be able to.


The Hesperia station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has issued more than 20 citations to stranded motorists for violations of California Vehicle Code 21461(a), failure to obey official traffic control devices. The fine is $456.


"What they're doing is driving through all those signs that say 'roads closed,'" said Roxanne Walker, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station house. "When they do that, then they get stuck."


Deputies have been going out on "numerous calls" to see if they can assist stuck motorists and have been discovering that drivers have ignored posted signage to get to where they're now trapped, said Walker.


The vehicle code and fine are intended to dissuade motorists from taking risks.


"The danger is that people think 'I can make it through,' but they don't know what's under that water. It could be rocks or tree roots," said Walker. "When they see those 'roads closed' signs out there, they're there for a reason. They're putting themselves at risk, along with their passengers and anyone who goes out to rescue them."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/HesperiaStar.