BOSTON (CBS) – For the past 48 hours, every media outlet and public official in town has been giving you constructive advice on what to do to prepare for and ride out the big storm.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

But in some cases it can be just as important that you know what NOT to do.

Allow me to fill in some of those gaps:

If you are unavoidably still on the road as things start to get bad this afternoon, please do NOT drive too fast or too slowly. Both behaviors can cause problems, and the last thing the plows and emergency personnel need is to be dealing with fender benders.

At the height of the storm tonight, please do NOT decide that it would be fun to head down the waterfront and check out the waves. Not only do rescue crews not need you to make extra work for them, but I can assure you that when we see you in the background on a WBZ-TV live shot romping dangerously close to the surf, we at home are not amused or impressed.

Chances are we are discussing your judgment in terms not suitable for a family website.

When the storm passes and you dig out your car, please do NOT try to reserve it with cones, chairs, sinks, Halloween skeletons, or any other form of debris. Starting Sunday we are looking at five straight days over freezing, so the snow will melt fast.

You know how angry it makes you to see someone take the spot you shoveled out? Multiply times five and you get how others feel when they see you claiming public property as your own.

I could go on, but probably don’t need to. I’m sure everyone will be on their best behavior for the next 48 hours, obeying official warnings, caring about the welfare of others, and so on.

Outside of Massachusetts, they have a derogatory nickname for us you may have heard of. Let’s show them during this storm how inaccurate it is.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.


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