Devious drivers stealing handicapped parking spaces

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 1, 2015) – CBS4 received complaints from viewers about drivers parking in handicapped spots without placards, so we teamed up with Indianapolis police to crack down on the violators.

“I happen to be handicapped. I recently had a major heart surgery and a terminal lung disease so when I see people parked illegally in a handicapped spot I find it to be extremely offensive and it’s a space that I could use. I had to park way out there today,” said Sandra Bailey.

IMPD officers say they’re seeing the most offenders during lunch time, when some think it’s okay to run a quick errand. The most popular excuse the offenders give officers is to justify their behavior by saying they were only gone for a few minutes.

“Don’t park in the spots unless you have the proper displays. You’re taking it away from someone that would be legitimately parking there and has the need to,” said Officer James Williams.

“You’re running in there to grab something real quick, run in there and then run back out. Why do you have to go where a handicapped person really needs that spot, and you just took advantage of that person,” said Bola Babatunde.

Under Indiana law, parking in a handicapped spot without a permit is a $100 ticket.

Greg Fehribach, outside counsel for the city of Indianapolis for Disability Affairs, says an even bigger issue is the amount of drivers who have handicapped placards but do not need them.

Fehribach says the standards required by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles are too relaxed.

We are now looking into those requirements, and we want to hear your opinion. Email Katie Solove here: ksolove@cbs4indy.com.

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