As of right now, ALMOST all of Erie County is under a driving ban. Technically, you could be charged with a misdemeanor if you were driving during an appointed ban in most municipalities. Now, even though your town or village may have that law, you would assume it would be used only under really certain circumstances.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared a State of Emergency last night and that all of Erie County would be under a driving ban. Just after 6 AM this morning Poloncarz announced that he has consulted with the National Weather Service and local municipalities and determined that Erie County will STAY in the State of Emergency, but some towns will go from a travel ban to a travel advisory and include:

  • Grand Island
  • Tonawanda
  • North Tonawanda
  • Amherst
  • Clarence
  • Newstead

The point of the driving ban is to keep people safe and also allow the plow truck drivers to do their job and be able to clear off the streets so we can get back to normal on the roads as quickly as possible. In Western New York we have learned the hard way that cars and trucks are stuck on the mainlines, the plow trucks cannot do their jobs.

As of right now, there is still a ban on all of the majors for commercial trucks. Governor Hochul announced the restriction on Wednesday night that the commercial truck ban was on the 90 from the Rochester area of the 390 all the way until the PA border.

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