State Driving Ban Ends at 4 p.m.

Gov. Deval Patrick said roads will be OK for travel by late Saturday.

The statewide driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. today.

Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official @MassGovernor 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."

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.

For updates and other information about the Feb. 8-9 winter storm, see Charlestown Patch's storm center.

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Rory Gill February 09, 2013 at 07:43 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/
Matthew February 10, 2013 at 01:40 PM
A year in prison? Ridiculous. Typical liberal nanny state crap.


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