Handicapped Parking Zones
August 14, 2007
When is it okay to park in a handicapped parking zone, if you don’t have a handicap sticker and are not handicapped?
Sometimes? When you are in a hurry? When you are making a delivery?
Never! (Unless you have a handicapped sticker AND are handicapped)
This morning the driver of a pick-up truck was backed up between the first two handicapped parking spaces at the Woodstock Public Library, while he delivered 10-ream boxes of copier paper.
When I mentioned this to a member of the library staff, I was told he was parked there “just for a minute” while he unloaded. It wasn’t just for a “minute” and such parking is illegal, even if just for a minute.
A few minutes later I was at the McHenry County Health Department, in the annex at the back of the property. When I came out of the building, what was parked in exactly the same manner? A vehicle with an M-license plate was parked in between the first two handicapped parking places, while the delivery man ran in and out with a light package he was delivering. There were empty Visitor parking spaces just three spaces away.
Why is it that drivers disregard the handicapped parking signs and the “$250 Fine” warning signs? Is it laziness? Ignorance? Or is a superiority complex that tells them that they can park there if they want to. I wonder how many tickets are written in Woodstock for handicapped parking violations…
If an officer or deputy sees an unattended vehicle in a handicapped parking zone, is this an automatic ticket? No excuses? Or does discretion prevail, if the driver rushes out, screaming, “I didn’t mean to do it”?
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