Handicapped Parking and Civility
Further to my concerns about our parking enforcement staff using common sense rather than the “letter” of the law — This disabled person writes of three incidents..
First she tells of a disabled friend who was panicked because she couldn’t find her placard and the officer was on his way. Second she tells of a veteran who parked with a tire one inch on the disabled space ($350 fine) and third she tells of her moment in the sun when she parked and rushed in to pick up something, and got a ticket three minutes after she had parked (forgot to hang her disabled placard on her mirror) – Did he watch me walk to the store and then write the ticket?
First, a disabled person sitting in their car in a disabled spot shouldn’t be afraid of the officer. She should have been able to explain her problem to the officer and he should have been able to check if she had a disabled permit and just couldn’t find it.
Second – One inch over the line – and a veteran to boot (it showed on his license plate that he was a veteran). This is a perfect spot for a warning. There certainly were no friends of parking made here.
And third – If in fact that officer did see the parker walk to the store, he should have his epaulets trimmed. How hard would it have been to ask the person where her permit was? She would have shown it and all would have been right with the world. I guess the officer could have “just walked around the corner” when he saw the offending car, but who knows. I hope this person was able to send in a copy of her permit with the citation and get it voided.
We live in a modern age of on line and vast databases. Why can’t we tie them together and attach permits to cars? If a person needs to drive a different car, then go in and add that car to your permit. It seems to me that if the permit is attached to the car, then officers can check, and if that little nicety isn’t available, at least the two can be married up after the fact.
Parkers are our customers, not felons waiting to be pounced on by the enforcement staff.