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Handicap Parking

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

McHenry County, Illinois

Handicap Parking

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
March 28, 2008


Lincoln Town Car


Just how important is it that parking spaces clearly marked for handicapped person's parking should be kept free for them?

The legislature thinks it's pretty important. Important enough to allow a $250 statutory fine for violations. And that's just for the first violation. And it's higher if you 'abuse' the parking space by using a special placard when you are not entitled to do so.

In this driver's case (Illinois license XED 167) he did not display a handicap parking placard or handicap license plates. Perhaps I was feeling benevolent this morning, when this driver was parking in front of Woodstock's Jewel-Osco. Nice, clean, shiny Lincoln sedan....

The space is clearly marked, and the sign warns of a $250 fine. (By the way, in Algonquin the fine is $500.)

He got to skate by today. Perhaps the driver is entitled to park there, but he must remember to display his placard.

Would the police write a ticket, knowing that the fine is $250.00? If they observed a car in a handicap parking space, would they check for a placard? Or only if there is a complaint?



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