Skip to comments.Opinion on People who illegally park in Disabled Parking Spots
Posted on 01/07/2013 7:07:17 AM PST by BCW
This is what the State of Indiana Code states:
IC 5-16-9-5 Violations; Class C infraction and Class C misdemeanor Sec. 5. (a) Any person who parks a motor vehicle which does not have displayed a placard of a person with a physical disability or a disabled veteran, issued under IC 9-14-5 or under the laws of another state, or a registration plate of a person with a physical disability or a disabled veteran, issued under IC 9-18-18, IC 9-18-22, or under the laws of another state, in a parking space reserved under this chapter for a vehicle of a person with a physical disability commits a Class C infraction. (b) Any person who knowingly parks in a parking space reserved for a person with a physical disability while displaying a placard to which neither the person nor the person's passenger is entitled commits a Class C infraction. (c) Any person who displays for use in parking in a parking space reserved for a person with a physical disability a placard or a special license plate that was not issued under IC 9-14-5, IC 9-18-18, IC 9-18-22, or under the laws of another state commits a Class C misdemeanor. (d) A person who, in a parking space reserved for a person with a physical disability, parks a vehicle that displays a placard or special registration plate entitling a person to park in a parking space reserved for a person with a physical disability commits a Class C infraction if that person is not, at that time, in the process of
transporting a person with a physical disability or disabled veteran. (e) Notwithstanding IC 34-28-5-4(c), a civil judgment of not less than fifty dollars ($50) must be imposed for an infraction committed in violation of this section.
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Why are there mandatory parking spaces in the first place? Where is it in the Constitution that the government shall make demands of private property or tell businesses how to run their parking lots? If businesses find disabled patrons want those parking spaces they can decide to provide them. Why is it that people with disabilities can park at a large complex like a mall but demand up front parking? Of all the people I can have seen parking in them maybe 0.0001% are actually people with real disabilities such as motorized chairs. The rest just get their doctor to write them the excuse to get the blue placard.
GMTA — hammer meets nail. You just saved me a bunch of typing and probably said it better, too!
lol. I love that. You are right...I am going to park in an expectant mother spot just for th heck of it.
The waiting deal is annoying.
(As a side note, go inside and get your child, said to the other parent)
Yet, if this person has a placard there is nothing you can do, if they don’t call to have them towed away.
I remember the old Gallagher joke, “I have nothing against handicapped people, if it wasn’t for them, I’d never find a parking spot.”
I was going to post the same but see you already did a heck of a job making clear the insanity of it all.
I worked with a woman who had one of those placards. I would see her car all the time in front of the gym where she worked out. I have no idea what she claimed as her handicap. Her office was two doors down from another person who was paralyzed and in a wheel chair. She had the nerve to park her car along side the paralyzed person's car.
I think there needs to be designated FB spots in the remotest part of the lots. I have a relative that’s a FB that just got a handicap placard. What he needs is the exercise.
Have you tried to approach the parent that does this? In a normal situation I wouldn't recommend doing this but since it is happening at church and it seems to be by the same offender, maybe putting a face with the vehicle will stop it from happening. I guess I'm advocating shaming them into stopping their despicable behavior.
My parents were both disabled and my mom refused to get a handicapped permit. She always felt it would be taking the spot from someone more disabled than she. Oh how I miss that beautiful woman.
Not in California.
The doctor has to fill out the form, and submit medical records if asked by the state.
So you do get it the same day you turn in all the paperwork, but handed out willy nilly - nope.
New in SC. Your drivers license pic is now on the handicap tag. If THAT person isn’t in the car when the tag is used, then the person is fined.
In your example, you seem to single out a single person, guilty of (perhaps) multiple infractions. Is this the case? If so, how many handicap parking spots are there? Are the rest legally being used?
If you have approached this person and explained your circumstances, and they still don't understand, you are right to escalate the matter. It appears the school president (principal), has taken some action, although ineffective. It may be possible that this person doesn't read those newsletters, as they appear to be out of touch with their surroundings.
That said, what would YOU suggest the school president do? Why don't you offer them al alternative solution? While they appear sympathetic to your needs, short of physically monitoring the parking spots for offenders, what else can they do? One of you--yourself or the school president--must appeal to this idiot's senses. Is there any type of security at the school...could they monitor the situation?
If nothing else works, perhaps your local law enforcement could look into it, though I don't know how aggressive they could be with parking enforcement on (what sounds like) private property.
Good luck to you.
I have to disagree with you on that one. Just because someone doesn't have a wheel chair doesn't mean they don't have difficulties. If I had a chair I could park at the back of the lot and not worry about whether I could make it to the front door or not.
There are days when I feel good enough to park anywhere and I do. Then there are days when I'm not sure I can get back inside the car once I step out of it. A visible, evident injury or wound should not be the only consideration for a parking placard. I've had people tell me I don't look disabled and I tell them they don't look ignorant. Looks can be deceiving.
First, make sure that the spots are fully legal. In a lot of places, painted indicators on the parking surface are not sufficient to make the spot enforceable; you need a sign on a post. If there is a sign on a post, it’s legally enforceable.
My wife has mobility issues and sees this a lot. People are always “just there for a minute.” If she has time, she pulls up behind them, blocking them in the spot, and then calls the police. The cops are ALWAYS happy for the ticket income.
If the lawbreakers become belligerent, she gets back on the phone with 911 and asks them to hurry up because she’s being threatened and she doesn’t want to have to use her firearm (Missouri has concealed carry). They usually shut up and get back in their car to wait for the cops.
Then there are the ones who park in the "fire lane" to run in for a coffee or to pick up a newspaper, or waiting for someone to come out of the store, etc etc etc. For those I call the cops with the plate number, these for some reason are low priority for cops. I've called the fire department and they say it's parking violation and a cop issue.
Sorry, that argument “you can tell”.
You can tell no such thing.
It is not possible to “look at someone and know”.
My Dad had a place card. You would have never known he was disabled.
He stood straight and walked flawlessly, that’s how it appeared anyway.
Yet, he was in extreme pain do to a broken back (four times) and fused discs as a result of war injuries, which make walking more than 20 feet or so painful for him.
So just because you think something doesn’t make it so.
And a person can park in the handicap spot to retrieve someone inside the store who needs the spot.
I’ve had people tell me I don’t look disabled and I tell them they don’t look ignorant. Looks can be deceiving.
lol. I like that.
I have lost count of the times I have seen an FB park in a hanicap spot, waddle to an electric cart and head straight for the Cheeto and Little Debbie aisles. I am not a dietician, but I do know that if calories in > calories burned, weight gain will occur. I think there should be designated parking for the fatties across the street and downhill from where they want to go.
At our Wal-Mart ( which I try & frequent as infrequently as possible) all of the parking spaces for the disabled are taken up by people who are not disabled, they just have a giant, fat *ss, and other parts & are too lazy to walk.
I think that people who park in handicapped spaces & are not handicapped are truly despicable.
A bullet through one knee and they can park there any time they want. In the meantime a stiff fine the first time and a month in the pokey with a violent cell mate the next.
Betcha that would make this a non-issue.
I suggest the jail time because I once met a very rich man with a nice Maserati sedan parked thusly. When I reprimanded him, warning I would call the police, he said; “OK, I’ll just pay the fine.”
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