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NYPD Says They Will Arrest Anyone On The Road Amid Travel Ban

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In the face of the large storm gripping the east coast, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned all travel in lower New York State amid projections of 30 inches of snowfall.

The travel ban went into effect on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for all New York City and Long Island highways and roads, and at 4 p.m. for all subway and transit systems.

Cuomo said the shutdown would be orderly so that people could get home from work and warned that individuals caught on the road could face points on their license and a large fine – though he did not specify how much.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio took a bit of a harder line saying that the “people of New York City have been given warning.” He asserted that, “we will arrest them if needed.”

It seems the NYPD thinks that is a good idea. In several tweets, they also warned the public about arrest and said the following:

Such enforcement is tantamount to marital law and the restriction of an individuals right to freely travel being implemented under the guise of a “state of emergency” – but don’t worry, it’s only for “your safety.”

In another tweet, the NYPD said they have set up checkpoints to protect you:

NYPD Chief James O’Neill said that as of 5:30 p.m., there had been 343 cars towed by police, and 312 accidents. He said there had also been three deaths reported from shoveling snow – one on Staten Island and two in Queens.

The travel ban was initially projected to only be enforced until midnight, but Mayor de Blasio said Saturday evening that it will continue into Sunday with the exact time expected to be revealed Saturday night.

“People have to take very seriously what’s going on here,” de Blasio said. “[They need to] recognize there’s a lot of danger and a lot of disruption that’s going to occur because of this storm.”

  • This Is Crap

    This is such crap – you cant just imprison ppl in their homes!!! WTF!?

  • Mike B

    Land of the “free”

  • Luca

    Uhhh constitutional right to travel wtf???

    • Rights dont come from paper

      no one said anything about the constitution…. rights don’t come from pieces of paper. As a free beautiful independent human being, who the hell is the govt to tell you when you can use your own property?

  • J38

    Blows my mind how people still give the government authority to say driving is a privilege. Right to travel is one of the biggest freedoms we have, and yet, we let them regulate the most widely used and important form of travel, and still claim how we’re a free country

    • Truth Free

      the government issues drivers licenses ergo it is a privilege. i guess anyone should be able to drive when they want and in any mental state they want.
      makes perfect sense

      • J38

        Lol you have nothing better to do than to comment on my posts. Sounds like I hit the coward part right on the head. First off, the state doesn’t monitor your mental state, anyway. Second, you as a taxpayer paid for the roads, you also pay to maintain them, you also paid for your vehicle, and you also pay for the public servant, so you think the government should be able to tell you when you can or cannot use the things you own? The only reason why it is a privilege, is because you gave up that right. It has also been ruled in many courts before that driving is a right. I wouldn’t expect you to look up facts though. Licensing was only meant for commercial vehicles on the road, not for everyday citizens. You should have to demonstrate you can drive a vehicle to drive on the road, but after that government has no say so.

        • Truth Free

          have a nice life