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Driving During Blizzard Not an Issue in Milton

Milton Deputy Police Chief says there were no problems with unauthorized drivers during the weekend driving ban.

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.

Briny O'Boy February 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Where I work I'm considered "Emergency personnel" I drove my wife's all wheel drive to work Saturday morning at 4 am during a white out. Driving in Milton was a breeze. When I reached Quincy, Total Horror Show! Do they plow there or just sit in their trucks and count their money. Oh! I did see one City Plow drive by. Only thing that came to my attention was.The plow was up. Not down plowing. What a disgrace. For 3 days after the storm , driving in Quincy was like a roller coaster ride. Be thankful you live in Milton.

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