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Delaware Governor Orders ‘Level Two’ Driving Restrictions; Essential Personnel Only Allowed On Roadways

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WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) – Governor Jack Markell ordered “Level Two” driving restrictions in the state of Delaware that began at 5 a.m. Monday.

The Governor instituted the driving restrictions in anticipation of Sandy’s sustained winds of 30-40 MPH and heavy rains limiting visibility for motorists.

According to information released by the Governor:

“According to state law, a ‘Level 2 Driving Restriction’ provides that no person shall operate a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways other than essential personnel. ‘Essential personnel’ includes those employees necessary to maintain the core functions of government and maintain health and safety by providing utility services, healthcare services, and food and fuel deliveries. In addition, some private employers have received a waiver from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency for essential employees.”

Violators face a penalty fine of up to $115 on first offense, and a fine of up to $200 and up to 30 days in jail for subsequent offenses.

Governor Markell declared a State of Emergency on Saturday and ordered a mandatory evacuation of flood-prone areas. Sunday evening, when the evacuation period had come to an end, Markell implemented a Level One driving warning, encouraging motorists to stay off the roads and businesses to keep employees home, prior to issuing the Level Two.

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