When Governor Deval Patrick ordered all non-essential drivers get off the roads during the winter storm that dropped more than two feet of snow on the area, residents of the governor’s hometown generally listened.
“Most people who were out, were out with a purpose,” said Deputy Police Chief Charles Paris of the plows and emergency vehicles that traveled on Milton roads during the 24-hour ban.
The ban extended from 4 p.m. on Friday, February 8, until 4 p.m. the following day.
The Deputy Chief explained that Milton Officers were busy responding to calls and that some drivers were pulled over by the Massachusetts State Police.
Overall, Paris said, Milton wasn’t overwhelmed by the storm. Neighboring Quincy dealt with flooding, evacuations and widespread power outages.
Paris believes the lack of a driving ban was one of the major contributors to the issues experienced during the Blizzard of 1978, a storm he was an officer during.