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10/23/2012 1:05:00 PM
Letter: No excuses for parking in handicap spot


I know that mornings are a hectic time, getting kids ready for school, getting them loaded in the car to take them to school, but some of the things that I see sometimes really bother me.

One morning while waiting to get fuel at a local gas station I saw an older Dodge truck come pulling in and park in the handicap parking space, after seeing two kids come out of the passenger side and the parent out of the driver side, and noticed that they didn’t have a plate, or a placard on the mirror to indicate that they “needed” that space. There were others available also. Neither the parent nor the children seemed to me to need this spot. Then I saw an older gentleman with a walker have to park across the lot and walk to the store. This spot is reserved for people with disabilities, folks, not you just because you don’t wanna take a few extra minutes to park in a spot a little further from the door. If you’re running late leave earlier.

This type of thing really bothers me. I actually see people do it a lot. I have been driving my brother-in-law’s car for a little while now and it has a handicap plate. I refuse to park in one because I don’t need too, even though the plate says I am allowed to by law. I am a fairly young man and can still walk without help. I think that people who do this are lazy. I don’t call the police because I’m sure they have better things to do than respond to someone parking in a reserved spot that don’t need it, plus by the time they get there they will more than likely be gone.

People, just think of it like this, what if it was you, or a family member that needed that spot, and someone who did not need it was parked there to run in a get a soda or something, and you or them had to wheel your self across the parking lot because they’re too lazy to park in another spot. Or if it was reserved just for you, and I parked there, you would be a little upset I do believe.

T.J. O’Malley

Camp Verde

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Carl Nye - Jerome

If you have a doctor-certified permanent disability, your placard will be issued by DOT with a five year expiration date.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

re alarmed and paying attention
No one checks the dates or questions the out of date ones, they are all blue and no one ever gives up their plackard. Like I said some people will take advantage of any situation they can.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Alarmed and paying attention

2 cents...the placards are good for six months.

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

Sprain your ankle, ask for a handicap card to hang from the rear view mirror and you are in for life. Park in a handicap spot at a shopping center or any offstreet parking for that matter and unless the business wants to assume you dont have a handicap card then you can pretty much park in any handicap spot with no fear of a ticket or anything else for that matter. That is what is wrong with the system.

Some people will always take advantage of any situation they can. Cards and or Plates should have to be renewed and rejustified yearly unless the person has an obvious or recognized permanent disability. Color coding and dating should be part of the way they are given out. The law has no teeth in this issue, because it was setup incorrectly in the first place.
just my two cents for what its worth

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: c p

Thank you, T.J. for your comment. I also have a grudge against people parking in the handicap spaces if they're not 'in need' of it. It happens everywhere! I used to chauffer my mother around in northern Washington State and several times had to drop her near the door and find a parking spot, usually a long walk from the door! No one seems to care about the elderly and /or infirm anymore! And, while we're on that subject...how many people are aware that the blue stripped spaces at Walmart are NOT for handicapped parking? They are LOADING ZONES ! And Lord help you if there's a security officer around! The tickets are astronomical if you're caught parked there, handicapped or not! Yet on countless occasions I have watched people park sideways in them, and trot into the store to do their shopping! Why do people disregard signs? Is it the fact that they are "the exception to the rule"? Or are they 'just blind'?

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