Martial law declared in New York City Massive snow dump prompts extraordinary action by government Published: 2 hours ago It’s the nagging fear many have about our government: what would happen if martial law was declared? New York City just found out, at least temporarily. Eleven states as well as Washington D.C. declared states of emergency in the wake of the massive record-breaking snowstorm which blanketed the East. But New York City went a step further. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared “martial law” in New York City by ordering all people to stay inside under police enforcement. He issued an absolute travel ban for anything that is not an emergency vehicle. The New York Police Department put out a blunt announcement on Saturday: “After 2:30 p.m. and you’re on the road, we will arrest you.” As if that wasn’t direct enough, the NYPD reiterated, “”Stay off the road. We don’t want to have to arrest you.” The NYPD emphasized the need for safety, sending out additional tweets: “For your safety & ours, roads are closed in NYC except for emergency vehicles.” “We are asking people to make good common sense decisions. Use your head.” “Last year no one got arrested. People made the right decisions. We are looking for that again today.” Reactions ranged from outraged to amused. “Threatens arrest citizens for being on the streets 1 day due to snow. Illegals are free to roam the other 364.” “Haha. Arrest away then fella’s.” “Calm down chief!” “Shouldn’t you help them get to their destinations safely instead of arresting them?” “What if this person is trying to get home?” “I get that the roads need to be clear for 911, but isn’t that a bit extreme?” “You are gonna have to arrest me, and I’ll take it to court. This is appalling. I want to leave NYC!” “You all drive prius’s How in the world are you going to arrest me & my 4×4 with them?” “You have made NYC go full Fascist!” “Russia now has more freedom than NYC!!!!!!” “*** martial law over a snowstorm. I pity us when there’s an actual emergency.” A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said the ban just means no vehicles on the roads. Walking, running, and bicycles are permitted. “They can pedal all they want,” said the spokesman The police did request people not to walk in the streets so people could do their job. The travel ban was lifted approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday. NYPD reported 25 summonses were issued during the travel ban, and one arrest for driving while intoxicated.