More using handicapped parking spaces without a disability

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 8:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Handicapped parking spaces are designed to help those in need but more and more people without a disability are using the spaces for themselves in Kentucky.  Authorities say it’s a problem and they took us along to show us just how serious.  And things could get worse in the coming years.

The parking enforcement authorities with the Elizabethtown Police Department took WHAS11 out with him to see violators of the law.  While we were out there were a few instances of people parked in the spaces that didn’t have their handicapped sticker in the window or a specialty license plate. 

Many times Wayne Vannoy gives people warnings and reasons with them.  Others times he issues tickets.

We found a person parked illegally outside a hair salon and a fitness center.
 
David Allgood with the Center for Accessible Living in Louisville has gone before lawmakers seeking tougher laws for those who violate accessible parking.

“I would hope that the physicians that issue these things would be more strident and their looking into whether that patient really needs this parking placard, “ said Allgood.  “In 209, there used to be an $8 fee to get the parking placard.  In 2009, They dropped that fee to nothing.  It went from 23,000 placards that year to 115,000 the next year.  I didn’t know $8 made that much difference and it’s been averaging 125,000 since then.”
 

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