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Parking fines could increase revenue

Published 9:33am Thursday, October 17, 2013

Please, allow me to repeat myself concerning an untapped revenue source for the county sheriff and municipal courts.

I have been informed the Lowe’s and Sam’s Club/Walmart parking lots fall under the sheriff’s jurisdiction for enforcement.

Each of these locations have designated handicapped parking spaces that are being violated every day and by multiple vehicles. The violators think themselves above the law and better than those people with valid handicapped parking permits, whether by the handicapped placard hanging from their rearview mirror or license plates.

The violators park in the yellow-striped areas not meant for parking. I have personally seen as many as 14 vehicles parked in striped areas on several visits.

This is illegal and punishable under the laws of Ohio. I do not know the fine for such illegal parking, but multiple violations would result in a sizeable amount of revenue for law enforcement.

I’m certain the sheriff has road units bypassing these parking lots many times each day, yet not going through the parking lots to ticket the violators.

Instead of the sheriff begging for more funds, this is a way for his department to generate funds for themselves.

 

Allen Caldwell

South Point

 

 

  • TribuneSubscriber

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT MR. CALDWELL..!!

    The fines average from $150, $200 & $250 in most areas.

    In the Jacksonville, Florida area the Sheriffs Dept have or (used to have) 2 designated cars with yellow lights
    and their primary duty was to daily 7-days a week ENFORCE
    the Handicapped Parking throughout the city/county of Duval.

    I have been disabled and use a medically required Parking
    Tag, for the past 12 years. and I have had the problem in
    the past of finding blocked spaces.

    In Florida it is the law that if it is a ‘VAN ACCESSABLE’ or
    Extra Large Wheelchair Accessable space that a ‘Regular’
    Handicapped placard is not allowed to park there. And
    the fine can be doubled by a traffic judge.

    As with me I do have a wheelchair lift in my truck.
    And I have on my back window a bright BLUE STICKER…
    that reads….

    “I’m only gonna be 5 minutes”… IS NOT A LEGAL DISABILITY..!!

    And yes this would most likely IF ENFORCED…
    bring in quite a bit of extra money, Even if it went
    into the ‘general fund’.

    Thank you for bringing this to the PUBLIC EYE..!!

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    • TribuneSubscriber

      Oh… and one other thing to be considered…

      Why can’t the Sheriff’s Dept Deputize a few
      retired citizens that have the ‘extra time’ and would
      be willing to help enforce these handicapped laws on the VIOLATORS..?!?

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