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If you received a non-criminal city ordinance citation, you have options in this matter. Either option will operate as a final disposition, with no resulting criminal record:
If you fail to pay the fine or appear as specified, a criminal complaint may be issued against you.
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If you received a parking ticket, you must respond to the Parking Clerk within 21 days of the violation. Enclose the parking ticket with your payment, or include your license plate and the violation number to assure proper credit. You may also request an appeal. You may mail a check or money order payable to:
Parking Clerk, City of Easthampton50 Payson AvenueEasthampton, MA, 01027.
If not paid within 21 days after date of violation, but thereafter paid before the Parking Clerk reports to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles the non-payment of this ticket, the penalty shall be $10 plus the original fine. If paid after the Registrar has been notified, the penalty shall be $40 plus the original fine.
City bylaws prohibit the parking of motor vehicles on a public way between the hours of 1 am and 6 am from November 1st to April 1st. During a declared parking ban for a winter storm, no on-street parking is allowed. Vehicles parked in violation of the parking ban will be ticketed and may be towed, at the owner's expense, if they interfere with the removal or the plowing of snow. Please make arrangements to park your vehicle off the street during the winter months.
During a declared parking ban when the Department of Public Works is plowing or removing snow, the city prohibits parking in municipal lots between 5 am and 7 am. Not adhering to these parking rules will impede snow removal operations, and owners may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
Citing Easthampton city ordinance section 8-41:
All fines are payable to the City of Easthampton and payable to the City Clerk within 30 days of the date of the citation, unless otherwise stated on the citation. Any owner or agent fined in accordance with the provisions of this section shall have a right of appeals to the City Council Public Safety Committee, said appeal to be taken no later than 60 days after the citation was issued. Appeals may be taken by written request to the City Council Public Safety Committee, addressed to the City Clerk, and sent via first class mail, postage prepaid.
Citing Easthampton city ordinance section 6-1:
Where a motor vehicle collision has resulted in personal injury or property damage over $1,000, a police officer will file a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crash Police Report.
The Easthampton Police Department submits the completed motor vehicle crash reports to LexisNexis. Reports are available 5 to 7 business days after an accident on the LexisNexis website.
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 Section 26 requires a person who was operating a motor vehicle involved in a crash in which any person was killed, injured, or in which there was damage in excess of $1,000 to any one vehicle or other property, to complete and file a Crash Operator Report with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles within five days after such crash (unless the person is physically incapable of doing so due to incapacity). The person completing the report must also send a copy of the report to the police department having jurisdiction on the way where the crash occurred.
If the operator is incapacitated but is not the vehicle's owner, the owner is required to file the crash report within the five days based on his/her knowledge and information obtained about the crash. The Registrar may require the owner or operator to supplement the report and he/she can revoke or suspend the license of any person violating any provision of this legal requirement. A police department is required to accept a report filed by an owner or operator whose vehicle has been damaged in a crash in which another person unlawfully left the scene even if damage to the vehicle does not exceed $1,000.
Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report Instructions (PDF)
Yes, the Easthampton Police Department is one of several local police agencies where you can find a Medreturn Box for the disposal of unwanted medications. You can access the box by speaking with the dispatcher at the front window of the safety complex.
Yes, there is a sharps collection drop box located inside the public safety complex. You can access the box by speaking with the dispatcher at the front window of the safety complex.