by Glenn C. Koenig, webmaster at Town Wide Mall
Maynard, MA - A moving violation in a motor vehicle can get you a fine and perhaps an increase in you car insurance. A "non-moving" violation is more commonly known as, ... a parking violation. With the warm, rainy weather we've been having recently, it's easy to forget that it's already winter (well, meteorological winter, actually, which starts on December 1st, not on the equinox, Dec 21st).
Today's story is actually two stories in one: Parking Meters and the Winter Overnight Parking Ban.
Overnight Winter Parking Ban
Here in Maynard, the annual overnight parking ban begins on December 1st. That means that no vehicle is permitted to be left on the streets between 2 AM and 6 AM. The ban lasts until March 15th, 2024. Of course, there may be additional parking restrictions on streets during other hours, depending on the weather forecast.
There are some exceptions allowed, as explained on the town's web page for Winter Parking, here:
(Note: This page was posted before the Florida Road bridge was completed. Contact the town for the most up-to-date information on designated parking areas.)
Although this is not a major news story, I'm publishing it to serve as a reminder for others who may make a similar error.
To some people, this may seem like just another bothersome government regulation. But I take a slightly different view.
After getting this warning, I stopped to imagine the job of a truck driver, responsible for plowing or salting the streets in winter weather. I imagined being in the driver's seat, having to work long hours in the dark, in challenging weather conditions (snow, sleet, high winds, and bitter cold). True, as a driver, I'm getting paid for my work, but encountering a car blocking the street makes my job that much more difficult. I have to leave a wide berth to prevent damaging the parked vehicle.
In addition, as such a driver, it's hard for me to plan my other activities because weather in New England can change unexpectedly. Despite the best forecasts, and I could be called to go out to work on very short notice.
Then I imagined that I'm a member of the police force, responsible for keeping the streets clear of vehicles in such weather. I have to drive up and down many miles of streets to check for cars blocking the way. Then I have to arrange to have those vehicles towed, if necessary, all during similar difficult weather conditions.
Then I thought of those driving emergency vehicles, such as ambulances or fire trucks. Anyway, by now you probably get the idea. This kind of regulation can help the town operate efficiently and safely with just little effort on our part. My thanks go out to all those who do this work.