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Uh, OK to park here?

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
March 27, 2010


Handicapped Parking during Bingo


If you were driving through a parking lot and saw this sign, would you park in front of it if bingo were not on the schedule or in progress?

Would you take a $250 chance?

Come to think of it, is this sign valid without the "fine" posted below it?

This sign is in front of the VFW Hall in McHenry, where the McHenry County Right to Carry Association met last Thursday night.

No bingo. No cars parked in the parking spaces marked this way, either.

Does State law permit "restricted" (or, in this case, less restricted) handicapped parking? I doubt it.

My guess is no one will take the chance. If you get a $250 ticket (plus court costs), you won't be a happy camper. It'll cost you $300-400 to fight it. If you win, you're just out the legal fees, although your lawyer will be smiling and thanking you. If you fight it and lose, you're out the fine, court costs AND legal fees.

Feeling lucky? Take a chance? Don't ask a cop. He won't give you any legal advice.

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