Sunday, October 7, 2007

States, towns make efforts to enforce handicap parking laws

In this article, efforts are outlined that are being used to better enforce the laws protecting handicap parking spots for those who need them.

"Governments are getting tougher because there are more placards in circulation and the public has become more aware of handicapped-parking abuse, said Tim Gilmer, editor of New Mobility, a Horsham, Pa.-based magazine devoted to wheelchair users with active lifestyles.

And disabled people have become more vocal about their needs, said Terry Moakley, spokesman for the United Spinal Association.

"We've had laws on the books for a while that have empowered people," he said. "People just don't want to settle for no access or second-rate access."
via USA Today

Investigations are revealing the extent of the problem - which is widespread, as many of us who need these spots know - and some violators openly state they see nothing wrong with parking in handicap spots.

Increased fines, citizen patrols, online reporting, and other measures are not only helping to cut down on illegal parking, but are in some cases creating revenue that can be used to enforce the laws - with profit left over.

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