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Citizen complaint of the day: A Prius not fit for the road

Prius covered in ice

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about this possibly city-owned Prius in the South End whose driver doesn't think he needs to look out the rear window - and who doesn't seem to care what will happen later today when it warms up and all that ice comes flying off the car. Bonus:

Driver also did not utilize any indicator/blinker when changing lanes and making turns.

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Birdbox Yo!

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Lots of delivery trucks, full hatchbacks, etc... driving around there with useless rear view mirrors.

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You don't need to clear it to see, you need to clear it so that snow doesn't go shooting off onto other drivers creating a hazard.

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Duly noted

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We all hear the nonsense victim blaming about "if you can't see our mirrors its okay to kill you".

Now they can't use their mirrors and that's okay to you?

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You don't need a rear-view mirror if you have 2 working side mirrors. But this vehicle should be cited for an unsecured load and obstructed plate.

I am not a police officer, I just play one online.

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Not using blinkers is actually a defensive move while driving in Boston. It's considered giving information to the enemy.

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"the enemy" in this case is largely pedestrians and cyclists and trees and lightpoles and household pets and immobile buildings, so well done there

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There exists numerous blogs, forums, etc using that same language. Well done. Option B...put blinkah on when u have already changed lanes to fulfill your obligation to actually use it lmao

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"Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with at least one mirror so placed and adjusted as to afford the operator a clear, reflected view of the highway to the rear and left side of the vehicle". No windshield mounted rearview mirror necessary. But yes, if it were me I'd like to gauge how close the tailgater actually is before I lock them up.

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I have a great prius
Look and you can see us
It just snowed
I'm too good to know
Some think I'm just a penis

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ive seen a lot of trucks with a few inches of ice still on the roof. the temp is going to rise and there are going to ice projectiles flying everywhere.

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this happened to me on 128 a few years back. Cracked windshield and broken sideview mirror. Very scary. Fortunately it was a Sunday and the road wasn't busy

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I was driving to Vermont, and on the way through New Hampshire I passed a group of NH State Troopers who were pulling over everyone who hadn't shoveled the ~2 inches of snow that had fallen the previous night off their cars after. It was :chef-kiss: Add this to the list of laws that would make everyone's lives better if they were enforced, but that MA police can't be arsed to do.

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I saw someone get pulled over in Cambridge yesterday for not having cleared off their back window.

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Interesting interaction that must be.

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It's such easy money for the city/state and it's a 100% voluntary tax because you could always choose to not be an ass and clean off your car.

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Do you also have to clear two inch thick crusted ice off the roof? I'm not sure how to do that without scraping up the car.

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When that chunk of ice flies off your car's roof and into the car behind you, please do be sure to tell the paramedics and cops that you didn't want to scrape your car.

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Have you ever scraped ice off a car?

You know when you have to lean into the ice scraper with your full weight to get ice off the windshield? What would you do if the roof was also like that?

In the past few days, I saw dozens of cars on the road with ice on the roof. That's how you can tell if someone has a garage -- *every* car parked outside in these conditions would have ice on the roof. When it's in the single digits, it doesn't fall off, even when you drive around with the heat on and park in the sun (plus it was cloudy for most of this week). Of course, you have to keep an eye on it when the weather changes, and push it off once it's starting to melt.

And paramedics is a bit of a dramatization. Yes, you should try to remove ice from your car before it flies off. But ice falls off vehicles, buildings, and trees all the time, and usually nobody is hurt.

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The car roof will bend in and then back, and the ice will crack where it's bent. Then you just push it off.

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Decades ago when I was a clueless 20-something, we had a storm similar to this one - snow, followed by rising temps, then a freeze. I had about two inches of glacier on my hood and did nothing about it. I drove off, got onto a highway, and after a few minutes driving 60+mph, a huge piece of ice flew off my hood and crashed onto the highway. Luckily, there were no cars close behind me. As clueless as I was, I realized the damage this ice chunk could have caused to someone behind me and have cleaned off potential ice chunks since.
Imagine someone throwing a brick thru your windshield - that's what this stuff is like.
Just bang on it with your fist to break it up.

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like a CT license plate to me.

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City of Boston vehicles (and most other official MA vehicles) use a white on blue scheme - like the one in the 311 report.

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CT plates are dark on vertical ombré blue to white.

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..if it were a MA official plate. what incentive do they have , to follow the law?

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I thought diplomatic plates.

Then Connecticut plates.

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What a dingbat.

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