BUFFALO – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo reprimanded truck drivers Thursday who violated his tractor-trailer ban.
The Governor, while touring road closures and storm-impacted areas in Erie County, climbed to the cab of drivers warning them not to violate the ban.
“What are you doing?” Cuomo asked one of the drivers. “Do you know there is a driving ban, right?”
At the time, Cuomo questioned drivers to see if they knew there was a driving ban in effect in the City of Lackawanna. Route Five was also closed.
“Don’t move the vehicle. The State Police will meet you here and they will handle it,” Cuomo told the driver. “Just pull over on the other side and stay right there.”
In a release to the media following Cuomo’s tour of the area, the Governor said that tractor-trailer and bus drivers who violate the bans will be held accountable.
Violators will be punished with fines of up to $450, two points on their license and potential criminal charges, the Governor said.
Cuomo was joined on his tour of the affected area by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.