February 8, 2013
The Boston Globe admits it is unusual – Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has outlawed motor vehicle traffic in the state ahead of what is being billed as a historic snowstorm.
“The travel ban, a rare measure, was announced by Patrick at a news conference at the state’s emergency bunker in Framingham,” the newspaper reports. Patrick said a declared state of emergency allows him to impose the measure of citizens.
The director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Kurt Schwartz, said during the news conference that the travel ban will be imposed on all roads in the state. He added that there are several exceptions, “such as for public safety, media, and vehicles supplying essential businesses like convenience stores and hardware stores. Violating the travel ban, he said, could incur a penalty of a year in jail and a $500 fine,” the Globe writes.