What Do You Think About Gov. Patrick’s Travel Ban?

Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?

All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard.

(Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.)

Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe.

While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe.

Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban was too strict? Let us know in the comment section.

Diana February 10, 2013 at 08:10 PM
All those mad driving skillz, but can't figure out how to use the internet. Are you some kind of savant?
Anna Bucciarelli February 10, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Time for a nap folks. The topic is exhausted ... he did what he did, like it or not. Now let's get ourselves shoveled out and ready for the next big one ... never can count on February for anything except surprises and I hear another storm of sorts is predicted. Dear Lord, let the crocus' nod their sweet heads soon.
Thomas J Burke February 10, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Clicking on the link that says stop sending emails only brings up a page with comment that the URL to stop emails does not exist and it does not stop the emails.
Joseph Edwards February 10, 2013 at 08:16 PM
You can stop it.
JT February 10, 2013 at 08:40 PM
People should use their common sense in situations like this--but there are always some who won't and will endanger others in the process. The ban was good in that respect, and the $500 fine certainly should have made folks think twice if they were hesitating over driving or staying home for no particular reason. However, the threatened jail time was absurd--and enough's been said about that here already. Exceptions should always be made of course for those needing to drive themselves or their families to a shelter or another safe location because their current one is dangerous (for example, no heat). That really is just common sense.


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