Crackdown on illegal handicapped parking

Crackdown on illegal handicapped parking

There are 94 comments on the WIVB Buffalo story from Jun 23, 2008, titled Crackdown on illegal handicapped parking. In it, WIVB Buffalo reports that:

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard says parking access is a quality of life issue for people with disabilities.

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Judy R

North Tonawanda, NY

#1 Jun 23, 2008
Good for Erie Co. I hope Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Cos. follow suit. Its time someone took charge to catch these violaters.
Jimmy R

AOL

#2 Jun 23, 2008
There should be a crackdown on who gets a handycapped parking tag. I see a lot of healthy looking people parking Escalades in these spots. Just go to Wal-mart.
RLH

Rochester, NY

#3 Jun 23, 2008
This is good to hear. Blatant violaters should be fined. But on the other hand, almost everybody, it seems has a handicap placard that hangs over the mirror. Some day, when you have the time, sit and watch who parks in these spaces...very interesting. Alot of them aren't anywhere near being handicapped, just lucky to have a doctor they can B.S.
Working at a public facility, the best one I ever heard,(God forgive me) was a guy that had to park close to the building, because in the winter, if he had to walk from the parking lot, his glass eye would freeze. True story....
Stumpy

AOL

#4 Jun 23, 2008
Violators of handicapped parking areas should have their vehicle confiscated for a month.
Brenda

Venus, PA

#5 Jun 23, 2008
Get all of those Canadians who think that the handicapped parking at the Galleria is especially for them.
Its Only Real

United States

#6 Jun 23, 2008
should there really be 15 handicapped parkin spots in a row at tops though? on a good day i'll see maybe 1 disabled person....not 15. with that said i dont park in them and my uncle has been in a wheelchair since vietnam so i got no problem with them.
FEDUP 2

United States

#7 Jun 23, 2008
This is a good move on the part of Law Enforcement. Now if they would all pay more attention to the cell phone use during driving then we are headed in the right direction in protecting and serving the Public.
Mr Reality

United States

#8 Jun 23, 2008
Ticket and tow the car to the pound. That will teach them. Make the wallet about $200 lighter.
Dan

Rochester, NY

#9 Jun 23, 2008
Although I agree with ticketing people who take advantage of handicap parking, I do not understand why there is a crack down on it now? Why haven’t this been enforced before or is the county looking for more revenue? This law should always be enforced, not just when the county wants more money!

What a joke!
jay

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Jun 24, 2008
Dan wrote:
Although I agree with ticketing people who take advantage of handicap parking, I do not understand why there is a crack down on it now? Why haven’t this been enforced before or is the county looking for more revenue? This law should always be enforced, not just when the county wants more money!
What a joke!
good call dan. i've noticed and never understood that either. why they target a certain violation at a specific time. or when they announce they're going to be out on a weekend watching for motorists who dont wear seatbelts. i thought they were suppose to be watching for these violations anyway, and why announce it, just do it.

“Smarter than the average assho”

Since: Nov 07

Olean, NY

#12 Jun 24, 2008
80 bucks is a joke. In most other areas of this country the fine is at least $250 and as much as $500. You want revenue or open handicap parking spots. It sure looks like revenue to me. You make it $500 and nobody would dare park there. 80 and you can make some easy money.
F Sanford

Buffalo, NY

#13 Jun 24, 2008
Most of the handicapped could use some extra exercise if you ake me. Lack of exercise is what got them hadicapped in the first place.
wait a minute

Buffalo, NY

#14 Jun 24, 2008
F Sanford wrote:
Most of the handicapped could use some extra exercise if you ake me. Lack of exercise is what got them hadicapped in the first place.
I collect SSD and have serious asthma and back issues. I did not apply for a sticker because I like to walk to keep in shape. Sometimes in the winter or if the weather is windy, cold or rainy.. I need to park closer , to breathe..but I don't! You would see me and think..this person is parking illegally, because I move very well, when the weather is decent!
So don't judge people using these spaces, because you don't know what you cannot see and exercise isn't always ok for us with internal handicaps. I did not smoke..it came from serious allergies for many years!
F Sanford

Buffalo, NY

#15 Jun 24, 2008
I PAY into SSD and also judge freely. Exercise is good for everyone.
funnyguy

Lewiston, ME

#16 Jun 24, 2008
ARTHRITIS doesnt some times show but its a real pain some times to walk I also have a back problem that doesnt show I do need a car with a seat that I can just get in or out without falling in to the car or fighting to get up out of it thats why I have a suv other than that Id walk a mile thanks folks
YaYaHood

Buffalo, NY

#17 Jun 25, 2008
Brenda wrote:
Get all of those Canadians who think that the handicapped parking at the Galleria is especially for them.
Oh My.. have you been to E'Ville??
The Canucks don't even know what a handicap sign MEANS.. what a bunch of freakin' idiots they are!
You TELL them when they get out of their 50K cars and SUVs that NO, they CAN NOT park there.. and they act like you're a pile of dog crap THEY just stepped in.
I've seen cops park in handicap spots too..
of course they're above the law.. so.. whatever.. talk on the cell while driving.. no seat belts..
ya.. whatever folks..
Still In South Buffalo

Liverpool, NY

#19 Jun 25, 2008
Brenda wrote:
Get all of those Canadians who think that the handicapped parking at the Galleria is especially for them.
lol.. Really.. unless they are all handicapped, eh? I actually say something to these ignorant types that are these prissy, yuppie type people who park in the spots w/o the handicapped tags because it is wrong. I dont have handicapped parking b/c I dont need it but there are people who do need it and go through the hassle of getting documentation regarding their disability/handicap and some shmuck goes and takes their spot when they dont need it.Hopefully the crackdown will reduce the cops pulling people over for ridiculous reasons just to make quota!! PS. Tops on Orchard Park Rd by KMart is full of illegal parking violators..
Still In South Buffalo

Liverpool, NY

#20 Jun 25, 2008
Uh-oh wrote:
80 bucks is a joke. In most other areas of this country the fine is at least $250 and as much as $500. You want revenue or open handicap parking spots. It sure looks like revenue to me. You make it $500 and nobody would dare park there. 80 and you can make some easy money.
Well said ! I mean, how could anyone fight that ticket .. Everyone has been a passenger their entire life and a driver since they got their license. A hefty $500.00 will serve em right if they violate it. Additionally, come on now - most people who are violators COULD USE THE EXCERCISE anyway and should actually park at the furthest spot possible and WALK !! LOL, but seriously..
Life Coach

AOL

#22 Jun 25, 2008
There is nothing that makes me madder than seeing someone with a handicapped plate parking in a spot when they aren't crippled.
They take up all the handicapped spots and then the real cripples dont have a place to park
WinnDixie

AOL

#23 Jun 25, 2008
Personally, I think if there were no warnings, the message would get better results. With the media notification of this look-out by police officers for 2 weeks, people will be on guard. I would rather see no warning and then the surprise and fine will get a better response.

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