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Boston parking officers prepare drivers for snow emergency rules

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 20, 2012 01:27 PM

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(City of Boston)

A Boston parking enforcement officer issues a “Know Snow” pamphlet

Boston parking enforcement officers slipped documents under some 20,000 windshield wipers over the past two weeks. But to many drivers’ pleasant surprise, no fines were involved.

Instead, the notices were “Know Snow” pamphlets distributed to help inform drivers of the city’s traffic and parking rules for when a snow emergency is declared in Boston.

The informative materials can help save time, hassle, and cash for motorists who might otherwise be ticketed and towed. And, the effort also aims to keep roads safe during significant winter weather.

“Our parking enforcement officers are outside working diligently during snow emergencies helping to keep the city’s local streets clear so that snow plows can get to the curb and emergency vehicles can get to their destination uninhibited,” city transportation commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin said in a statement.

The city encourages residents and drivers to log on to www.cityofboston.gov/snow to sign up for the “Alert Boston” system, which will ensure that they receive an email, voice or text message when parking is prohibited on certain roads.

This website also provides a comprehensive list of the city’s emergency arteries and information about off-street parking facilities that offer free or reduced parking rates to Boston residents during a snow emergency.

For more information, please call the Mayor’s Hotline at (617) 635-4500.

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