Handicap Parking Patrol in Glynn County

Handicap Parking Patrol in Glynn County

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Bruce

Aiken, SC

#1 Aug 27, 2007
Early in 2007, the Brunswick Mayors Handicap Committee sought Volunteers for the local Handicap Parking Patrol. A few months ago, 19 of us were sworn in by the Judge to work with the Brunswick and Glynn County Police Departments. Tickets are being written and cases are going to Court. Here is a small sample of just the tickets I have written as a Volunteer Member of this Law Enforcement group.

In 4 months I wrote close to 500 citations. 120 of them were written warnings. 132 were for parking on the yellow lines next to the blue painted handicap space. 118 were for no handicap placard or tag. 42 were for expired handicap placard or tag. 21 were for Counterfeit or Altered placard. And 26 were repeat offenders.

2 of the repeat offenders are on their third citation. One repeat offender went to court and 3 days later were caught breaking the law again. Seems some have no shame. They can tell the Judge they will not do it again but as soon as they leave the Court House they go back to violating the same law. Wonder what they will try and tell the same Judge the next time?

The Handicap Parking Patrol covers the entire Glynn County area. From St. Simons to Sterling. From exit 29 to exit 42. Overall the patrol has been a success. I still get people stopping me every time Iím on patrol saying thanks for this and to keep up the good work.

So in closing one never knows where members of the Handicap Parking Patrol are, If you decide to illegally park in a handicap space, anywhere in Brunswick and Glynn County, the odds are you just might find a yellow citation on your windshield. Have a nice day!
wise1

White House, TN

#2 Aug 27, 2007
Bruce I Appreciate what you are trying to do, really I do but man stop tooting your own horn here.

Blowing your own horn about how many citations you have written only makes you look like you are a ticket writing maniac.

Save the pen and paper for those who really deserve it. The 20 yr old who parks intentonally in a handicap space and without the aid of anyone or anything runs into the walmart store, or for those with expired or fake plaquards. Those who park across two spaces intentionally.

One day you will be facing a judge who decides that cases where people are slightly over a yellow line are only clogging the system and he begins to throw them out one at a time, tells you to stop bringing such small infractions before him.

You can choose to either do this respectable or you can go overboard and let the power get to your head and wind up repramanded by a judge someday.

What you are doing is great please try though to do it with some control and make sure when a case goes before the courts it is fully warranted.
Bruce

Aiken, SC

#3 Aug 27, 2007
wise1 wrote:
One day you will be facing a judge who decides that cases where people are slightly over a yellow line are only clogging the system and he begins to throw them out one at a time, tells you to stop bringing such small infractions before him.

What you are doing is great please try though to do it with some control and make sure when a case goes before the courts it is fully warranted.
As to being slightly over the yellow line. The yellow line violations I have written are for all four wheels in the yellow area.

And before any ticket goes to court, a photograph is taken of the violation and the pictures are handed to the Judge for arraingment.

But thank you for your advice. If I was not disabled myself and if my health allowed me to give more time, I could clearly write 25 to 50 handicap violation tickets in just a few hours on any given day. For now I'll keep doing what the Judge has asked me to do.
wise1

White House, TN

#4 Aug 27, 2007
My husband has been declared disabled, BUT he has never asked for a plaquard, really I do admire you for doing what you do, there are people out there who do deserve it and should get fined and hauled into court.

My advice to you was only to keep your thoughts and actions in perspective that is all.

I just do not want to see you and your team wind up being chastized by the judges rather than commended for what you are doing.

I think if you termed the post a little better it would not have stricken such a bad cord. For example: Instead of saying: In 4 months I wrote close to 500 citations. 120 of them were written warnings. 132 were for parking on the yellow lines next to the blue painted handicap space. 118 were for no handicap placard or tag. 42 were for expired handicap placard or tag. 21 were for Counterfeit or Altered placard. And 26 were repeat offenders.

You could have termed it: In the past 4 months over 500 citations have been issued, our team will continue to work hard to assure those in our community who are disabled that they are allowed the access to parking that is designated handicapped. We will continue to cite violators until people in the community adhere to the restrictions of using a handicapped stall for non handicapped individuals.

Do you see how less tooting your horn that sounded? but yet spoke with the voice of authority ?

IT is important to flex the muscle of authority when needed without bringing down your own integrity or the integrity of the organization you are working with.

No worries, I do not go near handicapped parking places and never will unless my husband of course worsens where he needs it and only then will I do so LEGALLY.
wise1

White House, TN

#5 Aug 27, 2007
Now I just wish there was a way to get kids off the streets late at night and out of harms way so that our young folks in the community do not continue to get killed by bullets meant for someone else, or worse kill each other due to gang activity.

It sickens me to see our community go from quiet to violent day by day getting worse.

Since: Sep 07

Marion, AR

#6 Sep 20, 2007
Is this program still going strong? I remember when you first wrote this. I was really glad to see its inception. How many more tickets have you written since?

Since: Apr 07

BRUNSWICK GA

#7 Sep 21, 2007
Bruce wrote:
Early in 2007, the Brunswick Mayors Handicap Committee sought Volunteers for the local Handicap Parking Patrol. A few months ago, 19 of us were sworn in by the Judge to work with the Brunswick and Glynn County Police Departments. Tickets are being written and cases are going to Court. Here is a small sample of just the tickets I have written as a Volunteer Member of this Law Enforcement group.
In 4 months I wrote close to 500 citations. 120 of them were written warnings. 132 were for parking on the yellow lines next to the blue painted handicap space. 118 were for no handicap placard or tag. 42 were for expired handicap placard or tag. 21 were for Counterfeit or Altered placard. And 26 were repeat offenders.
2 of the repeat offenders are on their third citation. One repeat offender went to court and 3 days later were caught breaking the law again. Seems some have no shame. They can tell the Judge they will not do it again but as soon as they leave the Court House they go back to violating the same law. Wonder what they will try and tell the same Judge the next time?
The Handicap Parking Patrol covers the entire Glynn County area. From St. Simons to Sterling. From exit 29 to exit 42. Overall the patrol has been a success. I still get people stopping me every time Iím on patrol saying thanks for this and to keep up the good work.
So in closing one never knows where members of the Handicap Parking Patrol are, If you decide to illegally park in a handicap space, anywhere in Brunswick and Glynn County, the odds are you just might find a yellow citation on your windshield. Have a nice day!
Thank you so much for what you are doing.This one of my pet peves.Keep up the good work and keep writing those tickets,maybe they will learm soonr or later.
Bruce

Aiken, SC

#8 Sep 21, 2007
In answer to Wise1, this was no way posted to toot my own horn. It was meant to show that the problem does exist in Glynn County. As of today citations have been written for almost 40 repeat offenders showing that some still refuse, even after being found guilty in court, to abide by the law.

To Coastallife, yes the program is still going on. In fact it was 6 months ago this week that the latest Civilian Handicap Patrol Officers were sworn in.

One thing that makes the conviction rate very high on these citations is that photographs are taken as the citation is written. In court it has been found rather hard to dispute the 8 x 10, time and date stamped color photographs when the Judge shows them to you and asks you if this is your car.

To April Keller, Thank You for your kind words. I hear from thousands on how well this program is welcome here in Glynn County. Even some residents from other counties and other States have asked me how can they start this type of program in their area. Many states already have laws on their books that allow this type of patrol.

Sure there are some who complain about this program. Almost all those who I hear have complained to the Police, to the Courts and to the Judges are drivers who have been citied and have been found guilty. Instead of blaming the Handicap Parking Patrol for issuing them a citation, maybe they should be upset at themselves for breaking the law. They made that choice on where to park.

Since: Sep 07

Marion, AR

#9 Sep 21, 2007
Thanks for the update. This is a good program. Kudos to you and the others for policing this problem.
Bruce

United States

#10 Oct 20, 2007
As an update, many drivers are getting the hint that the Handicap Parking Patrol is out there. In some locations the numbers of violators being cited have decreased.

At the same time there are those that are hard headed as they continue to violate the law and deny the disabled of their legal rights.

The average number of citations issued each month is about 100.

Right now the count of repeat offender citations is well over 50.

As the program continues, the number of repeat offenders that get caught seems to still be growing.

Many still come up to me and say thank you and keep up the good work. This program has been a success, will continue and most likely will catch more repeat offenders as the program progresses.

Thank you to those who show respect for the disabled by not parking in the designated handicap spaces when you do not have a permit to do so.

Someday, by no fault of your own, you, a member of your family or one of your friends may need that handicap space. Until then, thanks for showing others the respect. They appreciate it.

Since: Oct 07

Brunswick, GA

#11 Oct 20, 2007
I had no idea this program was even in effect. I think it's a great idea! As annoying as it is not being able to find that great parking spot, it irritates me just as much to see someone illegally park in a handicapped spot.

Keep up the good work!
Brunswick Girl

Brunswick, GA

#12 Oct 20, 2007
I too would like to thank you for the great job you are doing on behalf of the disabled people of Glynn County. I am one of disabled people who have a difficult time finding a parking space because others who are parking illegally have taken all the available spots.

I have a muscle (and hip) disorder that makes it difficult for me to walk for any length of time and one of my pet peeves is people who give me dirty looks for parking in a handicap spot when they can't "see" my disability, even though I have a plate to park there!

Keep up the good work!
just wondering

United States

#13 Mar 10, 2008
Are there any updates on this. I see so many drivers who violate this at the hospital every day I go there that I wonder if this is still going on.
April Keller

Brunswick, GA

#14 Mar 11, 2008
I say the more tickets the better.I have a disable child with epilepsy,but I do not park in a handicap spot.There are so many who needs them.I can not stand to see a healty young person park in a hadicap spot just because they are so lazy,or want to leave there kids in the car up front.Keep stroking that pen and teach them a lesson.Thank You for your service to this town Bruce and everyone else on your team.
redhot

Athens, GA

#15 Mar 26, 2008
Speaking with some Police Officer friends of mine, word is the Civilian Handicap Parking Patrol has been so much a success that it has been shut down.

Reasons given are so many citations were issued that the Police handling the cases could not keep up with all the work. Word is there were around 1,000 handicap parking tickets written in about 12 months.

Another reason I heard was they got too many complaints. I asked how many complaints were from drivers who were found guilty of the violation. The word is about 75 percent of all the complaints were from drivers the Judge found guilty.

When asked about the other 25 percent. Word is those were friends and others with money and influence that the higher ups in the Police Departments just voided out the tickets saying the drivers were parking legally. The word though is that the Officer who issued many of those tickets takes pictures of all the vehicles he writes tickets too and the Police who know him and the ones who have seen his pictures knows that those drivers that had their tickets voided were in fact illegally parked and that those should of gone before a Judge instead of being tossed out just because they are friends of some Police.

The Handicap Parking Patrol was stopped by the Brunswick Police in October 2007 and stopped by the Glynn County Police in March of 2008.

The patrol was a Godsend to many and it is sad that a few locals with power and money have the clout to make the handicap and disabled suffer in Glynn County just so those few can continue to break the law and park in those handicap spaces when they have no right to do so.

The local Handicap Parking Patrol did so much good for Glynn County that the City of Jacksonville, Florida is going to start their own program, based on the success of our local program. Jacksonville has their upcoming training program scheduled for April 2008

RIP Glynn County Civilian Handicap Parking Patrol. Those who respect and try to obey the the law salute you and thank you for what you did.

Since: Sep 07

Marion, AR

#16 Apr 4, 2008
Thanks again for the update. I see this crime happen all the time. Maybe someone will take notice and reinstate the program.
hannah

Nahunta, GA

#17 Apr 4, 2008
I am glad; You really need to patrol Walmart. I have had 3 heart surgeries and still suffer from a heart condition. The last two times these Mexicans took the spot. They were not handicapped, they did not even have a sticker. Maybe they were illiterate or couldn't read English. This last time I politely said something to one of them and they just shrugged there shoulders like they didn't care!!!
wise1

Brunswick, GA

#18 Apr 10, 2008
If you are going to successfully fight crime you have to have a good set of standards and policies in place.

You cannot and I repeat cannot take ordinary citizens off the streets and hand them authority to write tickets without proper guidance.

If a car is parked IN a handicapped spot and does not display a plate any other legal and legitimate identification that that the drive is handicapped then yes ticket the owner of the vehicle.

If you see someone get out of a car parked in a handicapped spot and walk away from that car unaided and obviously not handicapped, then yes ticket that person.

If someone parks in a spot in front of a handicapped space and has parked over the lines where a driver who needs the spot lawfully cannot park there, ticket the driver of the offending vehicle.

Reserve the pen and paper and court time to those who truly deserve a ticket. When you go off over zealous and write 1000 tickets for police to have to deal with what do you think will happen?

Police have more pressing matters to deal with, muggings, robberies, murders etc to deal with than to spend hours and days at a desk looking over tickets and deciding if they deserve ticketing or not.

Judges likewise have cases far more serious than parking stall issues to deal with and do not have time to hear 1000 cases for tickets written by over zealous citizens trying to do the right thing.

The program may have been well intended, surely it was designed to do the right thing and teach careless drivers a lesson but simply put it went rogue real fast and the reaction from the courts and police to shut it down was most likely out of frustration due to the overwhelming amount of citations written.

To those who were out there participating, you did a good job you just did it too well. There is a fine line between helping your police out and overwhelming them to the point of frustration.
wise1

Brunswick, GA

#19 Apr 10, 2008
If anything I encourage the city and county to not totally dump the program. Hire someone to oversee it and make sure that guidelines for ticketing are appropriately set and adhered to.

Might I suggest a trained screener take a look at the tickets handed in first and then forward those who meet the criteria on to the glynn county police or brunswick police departments based on a clear set of rules.

Taking these few steps would keep the police departments and the officers from being overwhelmed to that boiling point and it will keep the judges knowing that if a case if brought before them it has been screened and meet the criteria for deserving that ticket.
Nonliberal

Rockville, MD

#21 Jul 21, 2014
First chance you get, find a life. You have far too much time on your hands and you are an idiot who is not at all conscious of anything in the real world. Moron. You should be out working and that way, you wouldn't have all that spare time to get into other people's business. If it weren't for handicapped spaces, I'd never get a good parking space. Thank goodness most all the spaces at the stores are marked as handicapped or I'd have to walk from the South Forty to go to the store.

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