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State Police issued at least five citations during travel ban

State Police say they issued citations to at least five people during the travel ban imposed by the governor for the Blizzard of 2013.

State Police acted with “great discretion” in enforcing the order, which began 4 p.m. Friday and ­expired at 1 p.m. Saturday west of Interstate 91 and 4 p.m. in the rest of the state, State Police spokesman David Procopio said Thursday.

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“Our goal was to preserve and protect public safety, not to punish people,” Procopio said. “Troopers considered mitigating and aggravating circumstances in deciding whether to issue citations. Several warnings, both written and verbal, were also given.’’

Procopio said that two citations were issued in Southeastern Massachusetts, one on the Massachusetts Turnpike, and at least two, perhaps more, in Central Massachusetts.

Procopio said the Southeastern Massachusetts citations were issued at at 11:50 a.m. Saturday on South Street in Raynham; and at 12:05 p.m. Saturday on South Street in Raynham. The Central Massa­chusetts citations were issued at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 395 north in Oxford and at 8:58 a.m. Saturday on Sutton Avenue in Oxford.

All four were given tickets for violating the executive order that carried a $500 fine. The driver cited on South Street in Raynham at 11:50 a.m. Saturday was also cited for leaving an unattended vehicle running in the middle of a travel way.

Procopio said he did not have details on the citation issued on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said no citations were issued by the department during the travel ban.

Fifty people were rescued from stuck cars on roadways at the height of the storm, officials have said.

A state Department of Transportation spokesman said it can take weeks before the Registry of ­Motor Vehicles ­receives records of tickets issued by local police departments. It could be a couple of months before the Registry can estimate the number of tickets issued during the travel ban, said Mike Verseckes.

Martin Finucane can be reached at mfinucane@ globe.com.
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