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State Driving Ban Ends at 4 p.m.

Gov. Deval Patrick said roads will be OK for travel beginning at 4 p.m.

The state driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official account just before 1 p.m.: “Driving ban lifted immediately for Nantucket County & for all communities west of I-91; driving ban lifted statewide as of 4 PM,” Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official @MassGovernor account.

Patrick signed an executive order to ban vehicle traffic beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. It was the first time the order had been signed since 1978. Penalties for driving during the ban include a $500 fine and up to one year in prison.

Rory Gill February 09, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Time to dig out. What are the consequences if you don't? More than you'd think... http://www.bostoncondolawyer.com/2012/01/11/what-happens-if-we-dont-shovel/
Robert Yarbrough February 09, 2013 at 10:22 PM
On the surface, the State's travel ban, worded “By His Excellency…”, seemed benign enough. There was a large amount of snow falling that was hazardous for travel. This was a known condition that I do not intend to dispute here. I do, however, take issue with the “$500 fine or year in jail” penalty for deciding that you may know your personal requirements for travel better than the State. In essence, the State decreed that no matter your personal situation, if you dared to defy their plans, they would take your money and liberty. Even platitudes of “broad interpretation by law enforcement" misses the point – if it was not intended to penalize citizens, then why even use that tool? What kind of State do we live under that decides to use the power of coercion, the only power the State has, to dictate the movements of its citizens? One method they could have employed is to simply ask that people refrain from travel. Yet another method is to say nothing. This is similar to when it is raining and we individually decide whether to travel or not - no State permission required. By placing criminal penalties on travel, the Governor exercised the ultimate State power – that of the badge and gun – to ensure peaceful citizens do not engage in an activity they view as being in their best interest. There is a saying that “one’s propensity for government is an inverse of their belief in people” – I think it is clear where the Governor stands.
Sara Jacobi February 11, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Great perspective, Robert! Thanks for sharing.

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