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Parked cars will halt delivery of the mail

I live on a Medford cul-de-sac with a bunch of apartments, and finding on-street parking can be tough at times. We also have a lot of mailboxes, and they all have the same sign on them that says, "Do not park within 20 feet of boxes between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m." But there is no yellow line painted on the curb such as the ones in front of the fire hydrants. So my question is, if I park in front of the box between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., am I going to get a parking ticket, and if so, how much would it cost?

— John, email submission

Well, John, we at Since You Asked Parking Enforcement have good news and bad news for you on this one.

Turns out you won't see a citation on your windshield from the Medford Police Department, but you might find a nastygram or worse from your neighbors if you defy the U.S. Postal Service and park in front of the mailboxes.

"It's not illegal, unfortunately, but it does create quite a hassle," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau says. "The post office will not deliver if a vehicle blocks the mailbox."

Medford's Traffic Team deals with complaints about these circumstances "on a fairly regular basis," Budreau says. But city code makes fire hydrants the only objects that are illegal to block with a parked vehicle, he says.

Just don't let your teenagers read this, John. They might want to park in front of those mailboxes when the Medford School District mails next fall's report cards.