Governor Patrick declared a travel ban Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. It did not affect me, since I had no intention of being out on the roads. We had enough food in the house, and enough time to prepare.
Strangely enough, although we live in New England, many people in Boston are clueless about how to drive in the snow. They will take their two wheel drive cars with nearly bald tires and get stuck on a slight hill and cause a massive back-up. I believe that much of this behavior is due to the government creating a huge population who depend on the government to constantly help them and rescue them from all their bad decisions. In Boston, the FSA is enormous and everywhere.
Once you create a population that cannot make good decisions, then you must continue the government overreach to keep people from making more bad decisions. If they don’t know when to stay off the roads, you then have to make them stay off roads with a travel ban.
I disagree with the author of the article below. Actually, almost everyone here agreed with the ban on the local blogs. I have heard from no one who thought it was a bad idea.
Martial Law Declared In New England
As of 5:00 PM EST Friday, authorities in multiple Northeastern US states have implemented martial law, due to “the weather.”
Facing up to one year in jail and a $1000 fine for merely driving their own cars on public streets and highways, citizens in various areas within the New England region have been hit with executive orders, threatening residents with criminal penalties if they leave their homes and attempt to drive during the current snowstorm.
Using the color of law to impose demands on the public that can only be seen as a massive overreach of power, individuals inConnecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusettsthus far have been issued bans on driving in those areas.
R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, for instance, has ordered vehicles off of Routes I-95, I-195, RI-146, RI-24 and I-295, beginning at 5 p.m., according to the R.I. Emergency Management Agency.
The only exceptions, according to R.I.’s WPRI, are the news media, public safety vehicles and public works vehicles and workers that includes contract personnel, government officials on official business, utility company vehicles and workers, health care workers who travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services, travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies, financial systems and critical commodities and travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gas stations, food stores and hardware stores.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick also signed an executive order banning all non-essential motor vehicle travel statewide beyond 4 p.m., believed to be the first such travel ban since the blizzard of 1978, according to the Associated Press.
Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel P. Malloy imposed a travel ban of his own Friday on the state’s limited access highways and deployed National Guard troops around the state for rescues or other emergencies.
Thus far, authorities in other areas in the region, such as New York, have not stated if they will be following suit. It is also unclear as to how long the executive orders stand or if it is even legal to impose such demands on the public’s right to travel freely, regardless of the conditions.
Many residents in the area have openly expressed being surprised by the “overreaction,” seeing the executive orders as completely unnecessary, considering New England and surrounding areas are used to seeing snow storms of similar magnitudes almost every season.