New or­di­nances in City of Cam­bridge

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CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge Po­lice Depart­ment is­sued a press re­lease Mon­day, Aug. 15, to no­tify the pub­lic of two new city or­di­nances ap­proved by the city coun­cil on Mon­day, July 11.

The first is an amendment to sec­tion 11-11 of the Code of Or­di­nances en­ti­tled “Pro­hib­ited Park­ing.” This will pro­hibit park­ing on the left side of a two-way street, re­sult­ing in the tires on the driver’s side of the ve­hi­cle be­ing im­me­di­ately ad­ja­cent to the curb.

This does not af­fect park­ing on the left side of a one-way street, un­less des­ig­nated a no park­ing zone.

CPD noted that this or­di­nance ex­ists in many cities and towns for a num­ber of safety rea­sons, in­clud­ing:

• Park­ing with your left wheels to curb re­quired you to cross a lane with on­com­ing traf­fic.

• If you are parked with your left wheels to the curb and put your ve­hi­cle in mo­tion, on­com­ing traf­fic will not ex­pect a car com­ing at them from the right side of the road.

• Plac­ing your ve­hi­cle in gear re­quires you to step on the brake. If you are parked left wheels to curb bi­cy­clists, pedes­tri­ans and other mo­torists won’t see your brake lights and thus won’t be alerted the ve­hi­cle is in mo­tion.

• Our ve­hi­cles are out­fit­ted with re­flec­tive ma­te­rial in the rear which make it more vis­i­ble to on­com­ing traf­fic when it is parked prop­erly.

• When parked left wheels to curb, you are seated in a po­si­tion which makes it dif­fi­cult to see on­com­ing traf­fic when a ve­hi­cle is parked in front of you, and you don’t have the ben­e­fit of the driver’s side view mir­ror to see ve­hi­cles ap­proach­ing.

• Ve­hi­cles parked on the proper side of the street makes it easier for driv­ers to iden­tify streets that are one-way traf­fic only.

Now through Mon­day, Oct. 31, im­prop­erly parked ve­hi­cles will re­ceive a warn­ing printed on yel­low pa­per that de­scribes the vi­o­la­tion. Be­gin­ning Tues­day, Nov. 1, this vi­o­la­tion will in­cur a $25 park­ing ticket.

The sec­ond or­di­nance ex­plic­itly pro­hibits uri­na­tion or defe­ca­tion on pri­vate or pub­lic prop­erty. Vi­o­la­tion of this or­di­nance will be a mis­de­meanor charge, and if con­victed will carry a $50 fine for first of­fend­ers. For sub­se­quent of­fenses, one could see a $100 fine, im­pris­on­ment for up to 30 days, or both.

Ac­cord­ing to CPD, this has been an is­sue of late and the hope is that this or­di­nance will re­solve the prob­lem to keep pub­lic ar­eas clean.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

CPD posted this di­a­gram to their Face­book page to ex­plain the new or­di­nance con­cern­ing park­ing on the left side of a two-way street.

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