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Backing up is hard to do

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

McHenry County, Illinois

Backing up is hard to do

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
July 29, 2011


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What was that old song - "Backing up is hard to do"? No, wait; I think it was "Breaking up is hard to do."

While this vehicle was displaying a handicap parking placard, it should have been parked in the handicap space.

Drivers of vehicles with handicap parking placards are given some leeway; for example, I think they don't have to feed parking meters. Not a problem with that in Woodstock (so far). And they might get to park longer in restricted-time parking zones.

But do they get to park in a no-parking zone marked with yellow slash lines?

Maybe this driver arrived when another car was parked in the handicap space. Or maybe the driver arrived when all handicap spaces were occupied. Or maybe the driver parked there, because he knew he wouldn't get a ticket, even if his parking was illegal. The parking lot at the Government Center is patrolled by Woodstock Police, not by the Sheriff's Department.

Where was his front license plate? Handicap parking privileges don't allow an owner to "forget" to display the front plate. You know, there is a reason that Illinois issues two plates. That's because the second one is supposed to go on the front of the vehicle.

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