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    Post Handicapped parking enforced by FF's

    Anyone else do this type of enforcement?

    ESPANOLA, N.M.(AP) - There are the handicapped parking placards
    that expired five years ago. The excuses that the placard belongs
    to the motorist's grandma. The drivers who stroll into a store and
    then return to their handicapped parking spots limping.
    Espanola firefighter Cesar Vargas has seen it all and heard all
    the excuses.
    "People use the placards for their leisure," Vargas said.
    "You see them getting out of fancy cars that they want parked in
    big spaces."
    But the city of Espanola isn't treating the problem lightly and
    is cracking down on fraudulent handicapped parking tags.
    Vargas and other firefighters patrol parking lots in their free
    time armed with the authority from the City Council to enforce the
    parking laws.
    In the past two weeks, Espanola firefighters confiscated about a
    dozen suspect handicapped parking placards from cars.
    Last year, the firefighters in a six-month stretch seized 150
    temporary and permanent tags issued by the state Motor Vehicle
    Division to people with impaired mobility.
    But officials say the problem isn't just in Espanola -
    fraudulent use of placards is a big problem statewide. The
    Governor's Committee on Concerns of the Handicapped receives
    frequent complaints about unauthorized use of handicapped parking
    spaces, even at the state Capitol during the legislative session,
    said Hope Reed, the committee's access specialist.
    "People think there are a lot of empty handicapped spaces and
    they should be able to park there," Reed said. "They don't
    realize once the parking lot fills up, the handicapped spaces will
    fill up also."
    Officials hope aggressive enforcement of handicapped-parking
    laws - like that in Espanola - and greater restraint by doctors
    will help curb the problem, said Jim Parker, the committee's
    advocacy coordinator.
    Motorists caught altering or misusing handicapped parking tags
    can be cited and fined.
    The state is also working on a database to store information on
    the identity of people who have handicapped-parking tags, Parker
    said.


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    Exclamation CONFUSION REIGNS HARD ON THIS ONE...

    I like the idea that someone is out there patrolling specifically for fraudulent handicap stickers, but my confusion comes with this:

    WHY ARE FIREFIGHTERS USING THEIR OFF DUTY TIME TO DO THIS?


    Is it not a Law/Traffic Enforcement job? I mean its great that the guys are given full powers to do the job properly, but still......
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

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    Is it not a Law/Traffic Enforcement job? I mean its great that the guys are given full powers to do the job properly, but still......
    In reality, anyone can write a parking summons. We have several "advocates" in this area who are private citizens who "patrol" the parking lots and take photos of the vehicles parked illegally in the handicapped spots. They sign dozens of summonses a week.

    IMHO, people should be on their knees, thanking God that they do not need a handicapped spot.

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    Originally posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
    IMHO, people should be on their knees, thanking God that they do not need a handicapped spot.
    Amen to that one George. The trick is to explain that to them, I guess.
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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    maybe more agressive actions should be taken

    like large fines


    using the cars for extrication training


    you know somethign to tell everyone not to do it anymroe
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