As of 5:00 PM EST Friday, authorities in multiple Northeastern US states have implemented martial law, due to â€œthe weather.â€
Facing up to one year in jail and a $1000 fine for merely driving their own cars on public streets and highways, citizens in various areas within the New England region have been hit with executive orders, threatening residents with criminal penalties if they leave their homes and attempt to drive during the current snowstorm.
Using the color of law to impose demands on the public that can only be seen as a massive overreach of power, individuals in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts thus far have been issued bans on driving in those areas.
R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, for instance, has ordered vehicles off of Routes I-95, I-195, RI-146, RI-24 and I-295, beginning at 5 p.m., according to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
The only exceptions, according to R.I.'s WPRI, are the news media, public safety vehicles and public works vehicles and workers that includes contract personnel, government officials on official business, utility company vehicles and workers, health care workers who travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services, travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies, financial systems and critical commodities and travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gas stations, food stores and hardware stores.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick also signed an executive order banning all non-essential motor vehicle travel statewide beyond 4 p.m., believed to be the first such travel ban since the blizzard of 1978, according to the Associated Press.
This sure could be ghastly for all the people during this period. Hopefully they aren't going to go around and take their weapons. In a situation such as this or Katrina people don't have food, getting food or water might be difficult to reach these people since many roads may not have easy access. High winds aren't easy to manage as well.
If some of these people aren't stocked up on food for the just incase emergencies, it might be a long wait.
The eletric could be out for weeks possibly if not longer. THere again people aren't going to have heat, a method to cook, no hot showers there isn't much FEMA can do about that.
Best of luck to these people in that they get power back quickly, and a source of food and heat.