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Watching issues created after: 2018-11-30

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  • 16 Porter St Malden 02148 United States - Malden Ward 5
  • Centre St Malden, MA, 02148, USA - Malden Ward 2
    Contractor bag dumped at SW corner of Pearl and 60, next to traffic signal.
  • 168 Linden Ave Malden, MA, 02148, USA - Malden Ward 4
    Illega parking at resident only area without sticker
  • 108 Highland Ave Malden, MA, 02148, USA - Malden Ward 2
    They completely disregarded the mattress I left out. I watched them come by
  • 29 Sprague St #31 Malden, MA 02148, USA - Malden Ward 4
    Low hanging dead branch hitting tops of cars driving by.
  • 32 Hurlcroft Ave Medford, MA, 02155, USA - Medford
    We would like to request a new sidewalk in front of our house to remove open grassy area where tree was removed.
  • 111 Holyoke St Malden, MA 02148, USA - Malden Ward 7
    Cars parked on no parking side due to a party..making it extremely hard to passing vehicles
  • 29 Meridian St Malden, MA, 02148, USA - Malden Ward 1
    Truck hasn’t moved in over 24 hours.
  • Graffiti Archived
    40 Mills St Malden, MA, 02148, USA - Malden Ward 7
    Spray paint on street
  • 58 Malden Street Malden Ma - Malden Ward 2
    Car parked on a no parking space n parked facing the opposite way on a one way street
  • 7 Jackson St Malden, MA, 02148, USA - Malden Ward 4

    I would like to know whether the parking department, prior to requiring the placement of parking stickers on drivers' side windows, considered state law prohibiting visual obstructions (specifically MGL 90/9D) and the safety implications of the requirement. I understand that the department's reasoning for changing the location has to do with window tinting and the fact that stickers can be difficult for officers to see through tinting. I also note that Malden stickers tend to be lightly colored (making them more difficult to see through tinting), and that other cities that have more densely colored stickers (Boston, for example) don't seem to have this problem.

    Regardless of the rationale, the new location is both unsafe and illegal under the statute cited above. That law prohibits visual obstructions (and in fact specifically mentions side windows). This is why your inspection sticker is placed where it is, why your toll transponder goes behind your mirror, and why parking stickers issued by basically every authority everywhere (except Malden) go on the rear windshield directly behind the driver. The primary idea is to maximize public safety by minimizing the presence of obstructions of the driver's line of sight. Secondarily, placement on the rear windshield allows the sticker to be observed by an enforcement officer either in a vehicle or on foot on the passenger side sidewalk (placement on the driver's window actually prevents an officer on the sidewalk from seeing it).

    In my vehicle, if I place the sticker where I am now required, it is almost exactly 90 degrees to my left. In addition, from where I sit, its top edge is about 10 degrees below the horizon. The sticker is roughly a foot from my face. As a consequence, at a range of 50 feet, the sticker completely obstructs an area about eight feet wide (yes, I measured). Obviously, anything closer than that is also completely obstructed. The geometry just doesn't lie. The placement creates a significant blind spot directly to my left alongside my vehicle. Even if such an obstruction wasn't illegal (which it is), it is unsafe. Not being able to see an object within 50 feet directly to the left of my vehicle (like a cyclist, pedestrian, animal, etc.) is totally unacceptable. That's just common sense.

    In addition, the placement requires the VIN etching on the glass to be obscured. To avoid that, one must place the sticker even higher or more forward on the window, worsening the obstruction further.

    This rule is a great example of organizational psychology in the bureaucratic context. What has happened here is that the parking department has taken its problem -- difficulty seeing stickers through tinted glass -- and has created a "solution" that considers no interests at all other than its own. The result here is a requirement that serves only the parking department and is contrary to the safety needs and legal obligations of other stakeholders.

    I will not be placing the sticker -- or any sticker or any other object for that matter -- on my driver's side window. I will of course ensure that the sticker is visible to an officer. But I will not place it in a location that creates a hazard and which is illegal under state law (which of course supersedes any local regulation or ordinance). Please come up with a more sensible, safe, and legal solution. Thank you.

  • 150 Cross St Malden 02148, United States - Malden Ward 1
    Not necessarily illegal. Barrels at Ferryway school I filled with weeds looks like someone cleaned out their yard our yard a park and left them all in the barrels