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(Boston.com)   If you drive a car in Massachusetts during the snow, you'll go to jail for a year. Also, there's no train, bus, or airline service   (boston.com) divider line 45
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2013-02-08 05:10:13 PM  
4 votes:
If you can't drive anyway you're just an emergency call waiting to be entombed on the road.
2013-02-09 05:04:15 AM  
3 votes:
Utilities reported about 40,000 power outages this evening as winds downed tree limbs and wires.

It's times like this when huddled together in a cold dark house with the wind howling and the snow piling up outside that one starts to regret protesting the city's attempt to cut down the tree banches in front of your house that were intertwined in the overhead power cables back in September.
2013-02-08 06:57:40 PM  
3 votes:

blatz514:If I was watching the same news as everyone else, wasn't the mayor bragging about how many plows they had at the ready??  Learn how to drive in snow dumb shiats.

Meh.  Unless you have a vehicle specially rated for it, over 12" of snow is going to stop most vehicles.  If it's snowing heavily enough to be described as a 'whiteout', disorientation is likely even if you CAN drive through that much snow - and if you're going any real speed at all you won't be able to see the brake lights of the person in front of you.

'Learn how to drive in snow' in this case is more 'stay in until the plows get through your area'.

Reverend J: I had a friend whining about this today, she's made the head-smacking stupid comment of "I can't wait until we're in Montana and don't have to put up with this shiat"  Yeah, cuz Montana never gets snow or shuts down the highway ever...


It's probably more that in Montana people are used to it and prepared - you don't get the crazy shopping just before the storm, extra idiots on the road because of the panic shopping, etc...

Skyd1v: And best of luck to the east coast Farkers. We might get cold and wind, but we rarely ever see blizzards that threaten to dump anything more than a foot.


Indeed.  The only problem is that the snow dumped in November is still there in March(sometimes April).  The snow piles from shoveling my drive are up past my waist now, but we're over halfway through winter.
2013-02-08 06:33:03 PM  
3 votes:

torch: I doubt anybody will do jail time for driving today, but they could get fined. It's mainly designed to scare people into staying home, which is a good idea, but a dumbass way to go about it. When clowns are out trying to do donuts about 8pm tonight, they'll have problems. Plus, there are about 50 exceptions. "Hey, I'm on my way to the drugstore" is probably one of them. Just sayin.


I worked for a local hospital for a few years in the 90's doing transport.  In case of emergency it was our job to go get personnel if we ended up snowed in.  The hospital didn't want to risk the Docs getting in an accident going through the snow since they had an experienced staff of drivers on hand.

You'll get pulled over in this sort of situation but most times if you don't have clearance they will just tell you to go home.  They don't want to write tickets or arrest you, they just want you off of the damned roads.
2013-02-08 05:56:23 PM  
3 votes:
go.hrw.com
static.flickr.com

 Pansies.
2013-02-08 05:54:45 PM  
3 votes:
If only there was a way to get around without cars, buses, or any motorized forms of transportation....

graphics8.nytimes.com
2013-02-08 05:18:44 PM  
3 votes:
"Violating the travel ban, he said, could incur a penalty of a year in jail and a $500 fine."


And drone strikes.


/Executive Order
2013-02-08 07:59:16 PM  
2 votes:
Ever driven a Prius in a snow storm? It's like a trout trying to ride a farking bike.
2013-02-08 07:33:16 PM  
2 votes:
This is just media hype.

Failure to comply with an Executive Order of this nature is a misdemeanor.

Misdemeanors, in general, carry a penalty of a fine up to $500 or up to 1 year in jail.

News Media: OMG YOU DRIVE YOU ARE JAILED FOR ONE YEAR!!!
2013-02-08 06:27:56 PM  
2 votes:
I'll never forget this one..

1978
i94.photobucket.com
2013-02-08 05:54:30 PM  
2 votes:

mark12A: Dontcha think people know better than to drive out in a blizzard unless it was a real farkin' emergency?


Consider how dumb the average American is.  Now consider that roughly half the population is even dumber than that.  Seriously, folks, if you're on the road under these conditions, you're getting in the way of emergency vehicles, even if you don't end up one more img1.fark.net they'll have to rescue.
2013-02-08 05:53:00 PM  
2 votes:
But the mgr @ mcdonalds will fire you if you dont show up for work.

Could you use this as a basis for wrongful termination? Fark lsw ged holders?
2013-02-08 05:34:09 PM  
2 votes:
Hmm, nothing like a "crisis" to bring out the over the top authoritarian streak in our "public servants".  Is it really necessary to threaten people with a year in jail? Dontcha think people know better than to drive out in a blizzard unless it was a real farkin' emergency? These state officials have so little regard for the intelligence and maturity of the populance it's a wonder they allow elections. Can't have amateurs indulging in Self-Determination, leave it to the Professionals!
2013-02-08 05:31:32 PM  
2 votes:

d1zzy32: I'm 12 miles out of boston. Planning on uploading new tunes to my mp3 player and loading my backpack with beers. I'm WALKING to my buddy's place tonight. At least I won't get arrested for driving!


Take the GPS.
2013-02-08 05:30:46 PM  
2 votes:
November spike in the birth rate. Book it. Done.
2013-02-08 05:24:12 PM  
2 votes:
If there are truly 'whiteout conditions' and 'sideways snow', I have no problem with this. You're not going anywhere until tomorrow, Nanook.
2013-02-08 05:18:25 PM  
2 votes:

skinink: Before Hurricane Sandy had landed, I called an older relative to ask him if he had stocked up on food and supplies in case of an emergency. No lie, he said he didn't know a hurricane was coming because he didn't listen to the news (he's also retired but not senile). He had to rush out at the last minute to get some things.

I'm fully expecting him to be arrested today because he didn't listen to the news and  is unaware there is no driving after 4pm, but was out driving regardless.


so... did you call him to warn him?
2013-02-09 07:55:16 AM  
1 votes:

Disaster Transport: Good luck east-coasters. Reminds me of my college days & all the lake effect snow in MI. Out walking the campus after a particularly heavy snow, and my bf and I realized we were walking on the landscape shrubs, because they only directional point of reference were the buildings themselves. I then vowed to move away from snow and only got as far as Chicago.

/ so far


Come to nw oregon! it's awesome. Very little snow except in the mountains.
2013-02-09 02:11:37 AM  
1 votes:
Man, this nation is turning into a land of farking pussies.  Is it the fear of lawsuits?  The side effects of not letting children keep score in sporting events or letting them climb trees?  What is it?  Seriously, they are expecting 2 feet of snow and they declare a state of emergency?  Man, times like this I almost wish the Soviets had invaded during the cold war and kicked our asses..  I would have much rather seen this country a smouldering wasteland of nuclear fall out than the land of pussies it has become.  Boo hoo.  There is 2' of snow.  Learn to deal with it you farking pussies.
2013-02-09 12:49:05 AM  
1 votes:

Yamaneko2: Not really...people are sure that their emergency is worth travelling through a blizzard.  Then they get stuck on the road and have to get fished out by emergency crews.


It's not even that.  People who haven't prepared to hunker down for a few days panic and think they can manage a late trip to get whatever they are missing.  Happens all the time when hurricanes hit down here and you inevitably have some idiot who runs off the road because you can't drive in rain when the wind is above 90 mph.
2013-02-09 12:36:01 AM  
1 votes:

mark12A: Hmm, nothing like a "crisis" to bring out the over the top authoritarian streak in our "public servants".  Is it really necessary to threaten people with a year in jail? Dontcha think people know better than to drive out in a blizzard unless it was a real farkin' emergency? These state officials have so little regard for the intelligence and maturity of the populance it's a wonder they allow elections. Can't have amateurs indulging in Self-Determination, leave it to the Professionals!


Not really...people are sure that their emergency is worth travelling through a blizzard.  Then they get stuck on the road and have to get fished out by emergency crews.

Or, you can have a worst-case scenario where heavy snow backs up an important artery, which cannot get cleared because people are buried in the snow.  (This happened on the Borman Expressway in Gary, Indiana during a March lake storm in 1998 -- one of those storms whose radar presentation looks like a firehose aimed at one city.)
2013-02-08 10:28:47 PM  
1 votes:

Agatha Crispy: Wow, you sound just like John Wayne. Except for the one plow thing. And wearing snowboard gear around the beach. And making spinach. But other than those things, the 'suck it up nancies' part really put some hair on your chest.


To be fair, John Wayne was a huge fake. So... yeah, actually, he does sound like John Wayne.
2013-02-08 08:49:55 PM  
1 votes:
This is so Stephen King.
2013-02-08 08:20:29 PM  
1 votes:
Live on the North Shore.  Just took a little walk around the beach.  Windy as hell, tide is getting pretty crazy.  One plow has come down our street so far, lots of snow.  Making a rib eye, some spinach, drinking more beer and heading out again.

/wearing my snowboard gear.
//storms always remind me of being a kid.
///suck it up nancies and do some exploring tonight and tomorrow on foot.
2013-02-08 06:54:36 PM  
1 votes:
Domesticated livestock should never be allowed to roam free in storm conditions. Survival smarts and situational awareness were long ago bred out of them thanks to a total lack of physical challenge or evolutionary pressures.
2013-02-08 06:26:52 PM  
1 votes:
Damn good thing we don't get that much snow in Texas. Then again, we can barely drive when we get an inch of snow.
2013-02-08 06:22:03 PM  
1 votes:
Anything that keeps the morons off the road. Dropping my wife off in New Jersey today, there was an idiot basically driving sideways down the ramp. He was stuck in the slush at the side of the road, and every time he started to straighten up, he'd jam on the gas and start fish tailing. Then he'd hit the brakes, slide, straighten and repeat. We crawled past him way over on the shoulder and left him behind.

/I figure he's just about made it to the Montvale service area by now. If he's not dead
2013-02-08 06:15:36 PM  
1 votes:
I've got beer. I think I'll be fine.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-08 06:10:46 PM  
1 votes:
jigger: Is there a law on the books or did he just make up the penalties on the spot?

A Cold War era law, not codified in the General Laws, gives the governor dictatorial powers in the event of nuclear war. And in other cases of declared emergency, like "other natural causes."

http://www.mass.gov/governor/legislationeexecorder/executiveorder/ex ec utive-order-no-543.html

If I read the enabling statute right you can argue that you should be subject to the penalty for violating MGL 90-16 (driving on a closed road) and take a $100 penalty with no jail time.  I don't plan to go for a drive to test my theory.
2013-02-08 06:07:18 PM  
1 votes:
Makes a good setting to watch Stephen King's Storm of the Century
2013-02-08 06:05:31 PM  
1 votes:

OtherLittleGuy: If only there was a way to get around without cars, buses, or any motorized forms of transportation....


White out conditions at night with up to 70 MPH winds means that walking may be suicide.
2013-02-08 06:04:51 PM  
1 votes:

TheAlmightyOS: James F. Campbell: d1zzy32: I'm WALKING to my buddy's place tonight. At least I won't get arrested for driving!

Uh... I hope you're not serious because, man, that's a bad idea.

why is it a "bad idea"? With decent enough coat, good boots, gloves, insulated underwear and headgear walking in that would be no different then any other cool windy day.

One storm can not turn the east coast into Antarctica.

@d1zzy32: Make sure your boots are insulated AND waterproof or you won't get very far


Yeah professional work boats. Long johns, extra layers, russian hat. And I'll be on the sidewalk the whole time. But I'll be DAMNED if I was going to stay home all night! I've walk through storms just like this before... it's called... LIVING IN NEW ENGLAND!
2013-02-08 05:56:56 PM  
1 votes:

Geotpf: Amos Quito: "Violating the travel ban, he said, could incur a penalty of a year in jail and a $500 fine."


And drone strikes.


/Executive Order

Were they delivering newspapers?


static.guim.co.uk
2013-02-08 05:54:31 PM  
1 votes:
Don't eat the yellow snow.
2013-02-08 05:52:23 PM  
1 votes:
2 feet of snow?

Wussies
2013-02-08 05:52:10 PM  
1 votes:

d1zzy32: I'm 12 miles out of boston. Planning on uploading new tunes to my mp3 player and loading my backpack with beers. I'm WALKING to my buddy's place tonight. At least I won't get arrested for driving!


Unless your buddy is in the afterlife you won't make it there walking tonight.
2013-02-08 05:51:37 PM  
1 votes:

James F. Campbell: d1zzy32: I'm WALKING to my buddy's place tonight. At least I won't get arrested for driving!

Uh... I hope you're not serious because, man, that's a bad idea.


why is it a "bad idea"? With decent enough coat, good boots, gloves, insulated underwear and headgear walking in that would be no different then any other cool windy day.

One storm can not turn the east coast into Antarctica.

@d1zzy32: Make sure your boots are insulated AND waterproof or you won't get very far
2013-02-08 05:47:22 PM  
1 votes:
I seriously doubt anyone will be cited or jailed.

In '78, there were cops at most intersections, but all they said was "going anywhere in particular?".  If you said "home"  or "the store", they just waved you through and said, "do it quick, but don't drive quick".
2013-02-08 05:37:39 PM  
1 votes:

d1zzy32: I'm WALKING to my buddy's place tonight. At least I won't get arrested for driving!


Uh... I hope you're not serious because, man, that's a bad idea.
2013-02-08 05:28:41 PM  
1 votes:
I doubt anybody will do jail time for driving today, but they could get fined. It's mainly designed to scare people into staying home, which is a good idea, but a dumbass way to go about it. When clowns are out trying to do donuts about 8pm tonight, they'll have problems. Plus, there are about 50 exceptions. "Hey, I'm on my way to the drugstore" is probably one of them. Just sayin.
2013-02-08 05:28:22 PM  
1 votes:

Amos Quito: "Violating the travel ban, he said, could incur a penalty of a year in jail and a $500 fine."


And drone strikes.


/Executive Order


If I was watching the same news as everyone else, wasn't the mayor bragging about how many plows they had at the ready??  Learn how to drive in snow dumb shiats.
2013-02-08 05:27:25 PM  
1 votes:
Ha Ha! What a bunch of pussies in massachusetts .
2013-02-08 05:24:24 PM  
1 votes:
Is there a law on the books or did he just make up the penalties on the spot?
2013-02-08 05:16:33 PM  
1 votes:
Before Hurricane Sandy had landed, I called an older relative to ask him if he had stocked up on food and supplies in case of an emergency. No lie, he said he didn't know a hurricane was coming because he didn't listen to the news (he's also retired but not senile). He had to rush out at the last minute to get some things.

I'm fully expecting him to be arrested today because he didn't listen to the news and  is unaware there is no driving after 4pm, but was out driving regardless.
2013-02-08 05:16:31 PM  
1 votes:
Damn, well I guess I'll just have to hang out in my basement bar drinking.  I'm really heart-broken.

/Stay safe, y'all
 
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