Motor Vehicle Travel Ban

Date : 08-Feb-13

Category : Public Safety

Department : Police Department

Type : Announcements

Effective at 4:00 PM on Friday, February 8, 2013, Governor Patrick has instituted a vehicular travel ban until further notice. A summary of the ban follows:


Driving ban in place starting at 4 PM.  All motorists MUST be off the road except for public safety and public works personnel, government officials conducting official business, utility workers, healthcare workers who must travel to provide essential health services and news media.  Travel is allowed if necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy and fuel supplies, maintain financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities, or to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores.  Motorists must use their best judgment in determining if travel is permitted under an exception to the ban.  Law enforcement is being asked to interpret the exceptions broadly; the objective is to limit traffic as much as possible while allowing critical public and private sector services and functions to use the roads as necessary.


This ban will also allow Highway Department personnel to effectively clear the roads without having to deal with unnecessary traffic.


Thank you for your cooperation.