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North Quincy Nights All Points Bulletin:

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Overnight Parking Permit 2017-2018:

 

Overnight parking is prohibited without a resident parking permit. Permits are now available at Quincy Police Department: One Sea Street, Quincy, MA or call at (617) 479-1212.

 

The Overnight Parking Permit Application Form is now available to opens for the Quincy residents and college students only: CLICK HERE.

 

Vehicles in violation of winter parking rules will be toed at owner's expense. Also, if your vehicle is hampering snow plowing operations (i.e. parked too close to an intersection, etc.) it will be towed. The average tow fee is: $125.00, plus cost of storage. No Exceptions can be made for short-term (10-15 minutes) parking.


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Back to School Safety TipsCourtesy of: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

 

As parents prepare for the start of a new school year, teaching children how to be safer needs to be at the top of their list of things to do. An analysis by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children of attempted abductions during the past five years found that children are at most risk when going to and from school or school related activities.

 

Parents and other adults can help keep children safe by following these ten tips:

 

1. Teach your children to always TAKE A FRIEND with them when walking or biking, and stay with a group while standing at the bus stop. Make sure they know which bus to ride.

 

2. Walk the route to and from school with your children pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they're being followed or need help. Teach your children they should NEVER TAKE SHORTCUTS and always stay in well-lit areas.

 

3. It is not safe for young children to walk to and from school, even in a group. Parents should always provide supervision for young children to help ensure their safe arrival to and from school. If your children wait for a bus, wait with them or make arrangements for supervision at the bus stop.

 

4. Teach your children that if anyone bothers them, makes them feel scared or uncomfortable to trust their feelings and immediately get away from that person. Teach them it is OK not to be polite and IT IS OK TO SAY NO.

 

5. Teach your children if anyone tries to take them somewhere they should RESIST by kicking or screaming, try to run away and DRAW ATTENTION by kicking and screaming "This person is trying to take me away or "This person is not my father/mother."

 

6. Teach your children NOT TO ACCEPT A RIDE from anyone unless you have said it is OK in that instance. If anyone follows them in a vehicle they should turn around, go in the other direction, and run to a trust adult who may help them.

 

7. Teach your children that grownups should NOT ASK CHILDREN FOR DIRECTIONS, they should ask other adults.

 

8. Teach your children to NEVER ACCEPT MONEY OR GIFTS from anyone unless you have told them it is OK to accept in each instance.

 

9. Make sure the school has current and accurate emergency contact information on file for your children and confirm names of those authorized.

 

10. Always know where your children will be. Teach your children to always CHECK FIRST before changing their plans before or after school. Teach your children to never leave school, with anyone unless they CHECK FIRST with you or another trusted adult, even if someone tells them it is an emergency.

 

Children should be taught to trust their feelings. They need to know that if someone makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused, they should tell a parent, guardian, or trusted adult.


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Massachusetts General Laws: Vehicle Light Law:

 

The MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles and Highway Divisions, along with the Massachusetts State Police Department, advised motorists of a new law taking effect on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 requiring the use of headlights and taillights on motor vehicles during inclement weather and when windshields wipers are in use. The law is intended to increase safety and visibility of vehicles on the Commonwealth's roadway.

 

Massachusetts General Laws: Chapter 85 § Section 15: Lights on Vehicle:

Section 15: Every vehicle, whether stationary or in motion, or any public way, shall have attached to it a light or lights which shall be so displayed as to be visible from the front and the rear during the period from one half an hour after sunset to one half an hour before sunrise; provided, that this section shall not apply to any vehicle which is designed to be propelled by hand; and provided, further, that any vehicle carrying hay or straw for the purpose of transporting persons on a hayride, so called, shall display only electrically operated lights which shall be two flashing amber lights to the front and two flashing red lights to the rear, each of said lights to be at least six inches in diameter and mounted six feet from the ground. Upon the written application of the owner of a vehicle and the presentation of reasons therefor the provisions of this section for such period of time as said department may elect.

 

Massachusetts General Laws: Chapter 85 § Section 16: Duty of driver at night to give name to Officer on request:

Section 16: Every person shall while driving or in charge of or occupying a vehicle during the period from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise, when requested by a police officer, give his true name and address.

 

Massachusetts General Laws: Chapter 85 § Section 16: Penalty for violation of Section 15 or Section 16:

Section 17: Whoever violates any of the provisions of section fifteen or section sixteen shall be punished by a fine of not more than five dollars. The driver or custodian of a vehicle shall be deemed to be the party responsible therefor and shall be liable to the foregoing penalty.

 

Relying on daytime running lights for these conditions is not sufficient under the law. A violation of this law is considered a surchargeable minor motor vehicle traffic law violation for insurance purposes.


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Sex Offender Information:

 

The North Quincy Nights Neighborhood Watch will be always to keep informed with the residents, persons with disabilities and the citizens are still living in the residential neighborhood areas here in the City of Quincy for the public safety and security efforts as needed to protect you and your family in the harm's way throughout the day and night.

 

The Quincy Police Department, MBTA Transit Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Department have been received a number of arrests of the sex offenders who committed intolerable acts of sexual assaults and/or individuals who were arrested for failing to register as a sex offender in the violation of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6 Section 178H.

 

Below you will find a description of the different levels of classification levels and what rights does a private citizen have to know who is registered within their community. Below you will find a description of the different levels of classification and other information that we hope you will find useful and answers your questions.

 

If you have ever been sexually assaulted while on the public places or on the MBTA, we are strongly encourage you to contact the law enforcement agencies right away:

* Quincy Police Department Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (617) 745-5781

* Quincy Police Department Special Investigation Unit at (617) 745-5846

* MBTA Transit Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit at (617) 222-1050

* MBTA Transit Police Department Intelligence Unit at (617) 222-1170

 

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) is the public safety agency responsible for classifying convicted sex offenders according to dangerousness and risk to re-offend. As part of the classification process, a victim of a convicted sex offender is entitled to submit a written victim impact statement to SORB. If you were the victim of a sex offense or you are the parent/guardian of a child victim or the guardian of an adult victim of a sex offense that resulted in a conviction and have any questions or concerns, you should contact SORB directly at (978) 740-6440 or visit their website: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/sorb/.

 

Sex Offender Level Rate:

Level 1 = Low Risk Level

Level 2 = Moderate Risk Level

Level 3 = High Risk


Level #1 Sex Offenders:

Where the Sex Offender Registry Board determines that the risk of re-offense by an offender is low and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability, the Board shall give that offender a Level 1 designation. Information on Level 1 offenders will not be available to the public. Neither the police nor the Board have authority to disseminate information to the general public identifying a Level 1 offender. Information identifying Level 1 offenders may only be given to the Department of Correction, any county correctional facility, the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Social Services, the Parole Board, the Department of Probation and the Department of Mental Health, Quincy Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for law enforcement purposes.

 

Level #2 Sex Offenders:

Where the Board determines that the risk of re-offense is moderate and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a public safety interest is served by public availability of registration information, it shall give a Level 2 designation to the sex offender. The public shall have access to the information regarding a Level 2 offender through the Quincy Police Department and through the Sex Offender Registry Board.

 

Level #3 Sex Offenders:

Where the Board determines that the risk of re-offense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a Level 3 designation to the sex offender. The public shall have access to the information regarding a Level 3 offender through the Quincy Police Department and through the Sex offender Registry Board.


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Pedestrian Safety Tips:

 

Safety is a shared responsibility for all road users, including drivers and pedestrians. The following are some tips to improve road safety for everyone.

 

Safety tips for pedestrians:

Be safe and be seen: make yourself visible to drivers

* Wear bright/yellow colored clothing and reflective materials.

 

* Carry a flashlight when walking at night.

 

* Cross in a well-lit area at night.

 

* Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

 

Be smart and alert: avoid dangerous behaviors

* Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.

 

* Stay sober; walking while impaired increase your chance of being struck.

 

* Don't assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, they may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.

 

* Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road.

 

* Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.

 

Be careful at crossings: look before you step

* Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.

 

* Obey traffic signals such as WALK /DON'T WALK signs.

 

* Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.

 

* Watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.

 

* Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.

 

* Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.

 

Safety tips for drivers:

Be alert: watch for pedestrians at all times

* Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians.

 

* Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing.

 

* Don't drive distracted or after consuming alcohol or other drugs.

 

* Do not use your cell phone while driving.

 

* Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians before backing-up, especially small children.

 

* For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.

 

Be responsible: yield to pedestrians at crossings

* Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked.

 

* Yield to pedestrians when marking right or left turns at intersections.

 

* Do not block or park in crosswalks.

 

Be patient: drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers

* Never pass / overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.

 

* Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.

 

* Use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you.

 

* Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians.


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Fare Evasion:

 

According to the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 159 Section 101, fare evasion is the action of using public transportation without paying for the service. If you are stopped for attempting to evade paying the required fare, you can expect to provide identification, receive a non-criminal citation, and may be responsible for fines up to $250 dollars. If the fines have not been paid, the Massachusetts Department of Registry Motor Vehicles (RMV) will be notified and the license of said violator will not be renewed, the right to operate a motor vehicle will be suspended and an arrest warrant may be issued for the apprehension of the violator of this law.


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Massachusetts General Laws: Safe Driving Law:

 

The Safe Driving Law becomes effective in the state of Massachusetts on September 30, 2010. The law creates a series of new violations, which the Registry Motor of Vehicles (RMV) Division, MassDOT IT staff and the Merit Rating are working to program and implement.

 

These new violations include:

1.   Chapter 90/8M -Use of a Mobile Phone or Mobile Electronic Device by a Junior Operator:

       Civil Offense - No Surcharge

 

(Mobile electronic device includes mobile telephone, text messaging device, paging device, PDA, laptop computer, electronic equipment capable of playing video games or video disks or can take/transmit digital photographs or can receive a television broadcast. Mobile electronic device does not include any equipment permanently or temporarily installed to provide navigation, emergency assistance or rear seat video entertainment. Report an emergency is the only exception. drivers are encouraged to pull over and top the vehicle to report the emergency.)

 

»     1st offense -$100, 60 day license suspension & attitudinal course

»     2nd offense -$250, 180 day suspension

»     3rd or subs offense -$500, 1 year suspension

 

2.   Use of a Mobile Phone by a Public Transport Motor Vehicle Operator: 

       Civil Offense -No Insurance Surcharge

 

»     $500 assessment each offense

 

3.   Use of a Mobile Phone by a Public Transport Non-Motor Vehicle Operator:

        Civil Offense -No Insurance Surcharge (MBTA Trolley)

 

»     $500 assessment each violation

 

4.   Improper Use of a Mobile Phone by Operators 18 and Over: 

       Civil Offense -No Insurance Surcharge 

 

(One hand must be on the steering wheel at all times and no use of device can interfere with driving).

 

»     1st offense -$35 assessment

»     2nd offense in 12 months -$75 assessment

»     3rd offense in 12 months -$150 assessment

 

5.   Sending/Reading Text Messages: 

       Civil Offense -No Insurance Surcharge

 

(Operators cannot use any mobile telephone or handheld device capable of accessing the Internet to write, send, or read an electronic message including text messages, emails, and instant messages or to access Internet while operating a vehicle. Law applies even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic.)

 

»     1st offense -$100

»     2nd offense -$250

»     3rd or subs offense -$500

 

6.   Negligent Operation & Injury from Mobile Phone Use: 

       Criminal Offense - Insurance Surcharge

 

JOL Suspensions:

»     1st offense - 180 day suspension

»     2nd or subsequent offense within 3 years -1 year suspension

»     $500 reinstatement fee

 

Over-18 Suspensions:

»     1st offense - 60 day suspension

»     2nd or subsequent offense within 3 years -1 year suspension

»     $500 reinstatement fee

 

Additional Suspensions:

The law repeals the current suspension for 5-surchargeable incidents in a 3-year period and replaces it with a new suspension for 3 surchargeable incidents in 2 years. Violations with an incident date on or after 9/30/2010 can be factored into the new suspension calculation. However, older violations will still be considered a basis of operators that accrue 7 surchargeable incidents. Similar to the National Safety Council course to avoid going into suspension.

 

Elder Driving Provisions:

License applicants, either for initial licensure in Massachusetts or license renewal, age 75 and older must conduct the transaction in a RMV office. Use of the Internet for license renewals will no longer be allowed for these applicants. All applicants, regardless of age, that obtain or renew a license in a branch office are required to undergo the RMV vision test that is given to all drivers or provide a vision screening certificate from an appropriate health care provider to complete transaction.

 

Medical Fitness Reporting:

Health care providers and law enforcement may report operators they believe are not physically or mentally capable of safety operating a vehicle due to cognitive of functional impairment.

 

»     May request RMV to seek medical evaluation of operator

»     Requests can't be based on operator age or solely on diagnosis of condition or impairment -it must be based on the effect either has on the ability to drive safely

»     Good faith belief of impairment based on:

        » Personal observation

        » Physical evidence

        » Law enforcement investigation

»     RMV must review report within 30 days of receipt

 

The RMV must promulgate regulations based on recommendations from the RMV Medical Advisory Board designating cognitive or functional impairments likely to affect an individual's ability to operate.