By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – At five o’clock Monday, the following e-mail arrived from the state department of transportation: “MassDOT is asking motorists to drive cautiously” during today’s stormy weather.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

It has been a full 10 days since the last major storm of a winter filled with them. And yet, apparently, state officials believe there’s a solid chance some of us won’t remember what it was like.

So, mindful of those appallingly truncated attention spans, MassDOT spells out what “caution” during the snowstorm involves:

“Spring is near, but drivers should still remember to take it slow on snow and slush-covered roadways and watch for icy patches, especially on ramps and bridges.”

Shorter version: a snow and ice storm has left snow and ice all about; watch out for snow and ice!

And finally, there’s this from the state: “Drivers should take steps to remove all snow and ice from their windows.”

I couldn’t agree more. And I don’t doubt that MassDOT did the right thing by issuing this advice.

Perhaps there are some tourists from Florida inexplicably vacationing in our little Garden of Eden who will need all the help they can get navigating today.

But the thought that there might be locals among us who, with all the practice we’ve had for the past two months, still need taxpayer-funded reminders to use “caution,” take it “slow,” and clear the snow off their cars, is truly frightening.

Scary, but undeniably true.

Maybe you slowed down to avoid one of them today.

But don’t worry. With temps in the 40’s over the next few days, their windows should be free and clear by the weekend.

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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