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Our View: Thumbs down to drivers abusing handicapped parking spaces

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

Thumbs down to anyone abusing handicapped parking spaces.

Effective Jan. 1, fines went up both for drivers misusing disability placards and for physicians falsifying disability applications.

Financial punishments should not have to come into play to convince people not to game the system when it comes to handicapped spots, but if extra teeth to these fines helps dissuade a few more people, so be it.

“Our goal is to ensure that disability parking spaces are available for those who truly need that access to conduct their day-to-day activities,” Secretary of State Jesse White said in a statement. “My message is simple: If you don’t belong there, don’t park there.” 

Since 2011, in Geneva and St. Charles alone, about 600 tickets have been issued for handicapped parking violations, although a small percentage of those ended up being voided. That is disconcerting.

Many of us have no idea how trying life can become on a daily basis while dealing with a disability. If you’re among that fortunate group, be grateful, and have the decency to respect this common-sense law.

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