I read an investigative article in the Chicago Sun-Times about disabled-parking cheaters in Chicago, Illinois. I think I can sum it up for you:
- Parking costs as much as $5 an hour in downtown Chicago.
- If you have a handicapped parking placard, you can park all day for free.
- Some people who are not disabled are using fake, stolen or other people’s placards.
- The number of people doing this has increased.
- The fine can be $500 with a 30-day license suspension, but this crime is a low priority for police.
- It sucks for the disabled who need spots they can’t find.
- It angers people who follow the law and pay to park.
What to do?
The city of Philadelphia has an answer: stop making disabled parking free. Instead, they offer a one-hour grace period if a parking meter has expired.
Said an official there: "It’s worked very well… We haven’t had any complaints at all about there not being free parking for people with disabilities."
Another solution… vigilante justice:
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– Disabled-parking cheating on the rise in city, but enforcement tough, Chicago Sun Times>>
– Mama Taxi>>