Violating Massachusetts Storm Travel Ban Comes With Jail Time

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and ordered a statewide travel ban as of 4 p.m. Friday as the state braces for two feet of snow.

Patrick announced the vehicle ban Friday during a press conference at the Massachusetts Emergency Managment Agency bunker in Framingham.

Violating the travel ban could incur a penalty of a year in jail and a $500 fine.

MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said the ban applies to all roads in the state, with few exceptions: public safety, media and vehicles supplying “essential businesses” like hardware stores and convenience stores.

The state will lift all tolls on the Mass. Pike as of 2 p.m.

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