Handicap parking spot crackdown

By: From Wire Reports Email
By: From Wire Reports Email

Do you get frustrated when you see someone park in a handicapped spot without authorization? Now many cities and states are putting a tighter squeeze on people who park illegally in spaces for the disabled.

The tighter squeeze includes increased fines, special patrols, and even whistle-blower web sites.

Corpus Christi is on a growing list of towns taking a stand against able-bodied people parking where they shouldn't.

They even plan on doubling the size of its 8-member citizen volunteer program to write tickets to offenders.

This is all because of government studies discovering wide abuse of handicap parking.

Have you ever illegally parked in a handicapped spot?


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  • by RC Location: Texas on Oct 11, 2007 at 10:26 AM
    What about FIRE LANE enforcement. I've watched several people including officers in patrol cars go inside and shop for 15-30 minutes while leaving there cars running. Who is really going to enfore the law's not just handicapped parking. Most officers in todays world think they are above the law because of the badge and gun. Whatever happened to the good ol' days where officers were friendly and would always speak to you. WOW how things change.
  • by JC Location: Denison on Oct 9, 2007 at 11:03 AM
    The law should be vigorously enforced based don a placard or license plates, and no, officers should not be in a position of verifying handicap status, they are not doctors. But having said all that, there should be some modification in how the spots are allocated, for instance, Home Depot and Lowes have way too many spots, I have never seen more that 2 eligible people parked there. I'm sure the law has some sort of ratio to determine this but it seems sort of illogical at times.
  • by mom-of-disabled-child Location: oklahoma on Oct 9, 2007 at 10:20 AM
    My daughter uses a wheelchair and it's all I can do not to say something to someone that cuts me off to get a handicapped parking spot(without a placard or tag visible)only to walk in to the mall or Walmart and go SHOPPING. They walk a mile in the store but can't park in a regular parking spot. I actually NEED the space for the chair. These are the same people that use the handicapped bathroom stall. I wish they would give tickets for this too. I only have ONE option when I take my daughter to the restroom, these people have FIVE or more. If people would police themselves and stop being so selfish we wouldn't have this problem. I have taught my other children it's not all about me me me. Be kind and give your seat to others that are standing, open the door for others, say thank you, and it's ok if your the last one in line for whatever. BE THOUGHTFUL PLEASE! If YOU have a handicapped placard you are entitled to the spot. If you don't have a VALID one then your not entitled. That simpl.
  • by jack Location: fink on Oct 9, 2007 at 10:07 AM
    this terrible it must be stopped now!! is there not bigger problems that tax money be used for?? cops need to focus on real criminals, unless they cant park in front of the doughnut shop
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan county on Oct 9, 2007 at 09:03 AM
    I agree that just because someone doesn't look handicapped doesn't mean that they are not, but if the handicapped person would get a tag or even a handing decal, then I wouldn't have a problem with them parking in the handicapped parking. My Grandma was handicapped and I would park in the handicapped spot (with her hanging decal) long enough to unload her and take her in the store and then move my car. I would again part there to pick her up so we could leave. That is how it should work
  • by Bob-O Location: TX on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:53 AM
    You are right, Anonymous. Causes like McDonalds, Burger King, Haagen-Daas, Jack in the Box.......
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:14 AM
    Mork, not ALL fat people are so because they are lazy! Agreed that we should all be more active; but don't be so judgemental! There are numerous causes for overweight people!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:09 AM
    you know, if everyone would just walk a little further maybe we wouldn't all be so FAT!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    We had a hanging card for Mom. We never used if for our benefit; but it stayed in our car because she didn't drive. I would park in the handicap and go in and get Mom (whom most of the time was in a wheelchair). Once, at Walmart,someone "gave me a piece of their mind" because I am able bodied. And I didn't mind a bit. I simply explained the situation and they helped me with Mom. There should be more people like that person. As for getting the card, you MUST have a prescription from the doctor stating WHY you need it. Most of them have an expiration date written on them. I've seen alot that are expired. Another time, someone whipped right in in front of me and Mom. They were NOT handicapped. I asked them to choose another spot and I got an earful. I reported them to the security; but only after parking further out and having Mom wait in the heat until I could get back with a wheelchair. To that hateful person.............you'll get yours someday!
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Oct 9, 2007 at 07:14 AM
    I think you should have to carry a card with you and show it to the officers or whoever, the license plates are OK, but these hanging tags they should do away with them, and if they see one on a car check it out and make sure they are handicap
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