Illegal Parking In Handicapped Spaces Continues To Be A Problem 7/12/13
CBS 7 News
July 12, 2013
ODESSA-I rode along with Odessa Police today on the look out for handicapped parking violations across the city.
And you'd be surprised to learn that people say they just didn't see the sign. It’s a problem that officer Ramos sees everyday.
"With the number of people in the basin now and the limited amount of parking, sometimes the only spaces are handicapped spots,” said Officer Roy Ramos of the Odessa Police Department.
We rode through parking lots across Odessa today to see just how bad parking is for those who rely on handicapped spaces.
"It makes it harder on everybody that really needs it and they have to park far away, then the problem starts with trying to get to the car,” said Matt Weiss, who is registered to park in handicapped spots. “I confront them and they act like they don’t hear me.”
This man was pulling out of a handicapped spot as we pulled in. He was cited and we asked him why he parked in a handicapped spot.
“This is the first time I’ve been to this Walgreens,” the man said. “I didn’t know it was a handicapped spot.” We asked him if he noticed it was handicapped before he pulled out, he said no.
Ramos says most people think that a few minutes aren’t long enough to get a ticket.
"They pull in real fast, think they will be inside for just five minutes,” Ramos said. “That’s everybody’s story but it’s causing a big problem.”
The violations can cost you as much as $500 for only your first offense.
Now we also learned that you must have either a handicapped license plate or a bright blue tag hanging from your visor - or you could be ticketed, even if you are registered as handicapped.