Traffic Tip: Parking for disabled people
By Julian Huerta
State law provides that it is a violation, Class C misdemeanor, up to $500 fine, for a person to park, stand or stop a vehicle in a disabled person parking space. The law specifically states:
1. You may not park in a disabled parking space unless the vehicle has a disabled license plate or state issued removable windshield identification card.
2. You may not use a disabled parking windshield identification card unless transporting the disabled person to whom it was issued.
3. You may not lend your windshield identification card to someone else.
4. You may not block an access or curb ramp.
Additionally, certain municipalities also prohibit stopping or standing in a disabled parking space unless bearing a disabled parking windshield identification card or disabled license plate.
Do not park in striped areas adjacent to handicap parking spaces or in a striped area in front of an entrance to a business adjacent to a disabled parking space. Striped areas are for wheelchair lifts.
Why the emphasis on these particular traffic laws? To help educate the public on the proper use of these spaces, so that they are available for those that need them. As you can read, the law is very clear.
This traffic law is found in section 681-009 of the traffic code.
If you have a traffic law question, contact Sgt. Julian Huerta, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.