People should not park in handicapped spaces

May 11, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

In the Sunday paper (May 6) there was an article on disabled parking and the laws pertaining to the use of those parking spaces.

I see cars parked in disabled parking spaces and those striped areas at supermarkets, malls and stores all over town, and many of these cars do not have disabled plates or windshield tags. I once asked a store employee why they didn't put a notice on the windshield asking the car owner not to do that. I was told they were afraid it might make that person angry, and the store would lose their business.

I was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., and spent time in the nearby town of Manhattan. There are about 20,000 to 24,000 troops at Fort Riley, and many of them own cars. Manhattan is the home campus for Kansas State University, and there are four to five thousand students there, many with cars. There are two malls, three supermarkets, a number of chain stores, etc. The Riley County police force patrol through these parking lots, and if you are illegally parked, you are going to get a ticket.

I was with a friend, and we pulled into a supermarket. She parked in a disabled parking space. I said we shouldn't do this, but she said we'd only be there about five minutes. Several nights later something was needed from the store. When she came back, she had a ticket for $125 in hand.

Why can't the Victoria Police cruise through those business parking lots and put a ticket on the windshield of violators?

Oh, by the way, driving with your handicapped tag hanging on the rear-view mirror is illegal. It might block your view while driving.

Michael Simmons, Victoria



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