What To Do When Your Vehicle Gets Trapped In High Water

Wednesday, April 20th 2016, 10:03 am
By: News 9

It's a phrase we hear all the time in Oklahoma -- turn around, don't drown. Still, people decide to drive into high water, risking not only their life but those of first responders.

Nationwide, 112 people were killed last year when their vehicles got trapped in rivers or flash floods.

In Florida, which leads the nation in car crash drowning, first responders drove a car into water to show people how to survive being submerged. They say the first 30 to 60 seconds is most crucial.

First undo the seat belt. Then open or break the window.

Get children out of the car as fast as possible, starting with the oldest. Then adults should get out.

Just this week, at least seven people near the Houston area have drowned in their cars after driving into flood waters.