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    KY law OKs volunteers to write tickets to placard abusers

    I think every state should allow trained volunteers (of all abilities) to perform these functions! And, we need to police our own community.....I don't always use my chair or need access, so when I don't, I use a "regular" space. How many of us have seen disabled persons without access issues (no cane, no crutches, no chair...etc) use a "blue" spot when a "regular" spot is just adjacent to the h/c spot???????? How rude. So, we do also need to help other permit/placard parkers learn the "etiquette" of the blue spot. But KY definitely has a good thing goin' here....

    http://chfs.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/0B29...forcement0.pdf

    #2
    I would SO volunteer for this if they allowed it in my state. God, the number of violations I would write would keep this state in the black for years, to say nothing of the pleasure I would receive from ticketing the "only going to be a minute" or "who cares?" crowd.

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      #3
      Same here, Eileen! I alone could keep my county in the black! And I personally know at least 2 others here with complete SCI who would bring in big bucks for the county. What burns my butt (hey, it burns already, may as well be useful, eh?) is the idiots you mention above. By the time I get the alert the local police/sheriff, they're long gone and think they can keep doing it without consequences.
      Argh!

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        #4
        I know about 10 years ago, virginia beach let volunteers write tickets, not sure if it's still in effect or not though
        We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
        Ronald Reagan

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          #5
          Certainly would have my vote, oh yeah, would love to see something like that up here. They couldn't dislike me anymore than they do now!

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            #6
            This was really interesting.. Did you notice though the date on it was June 2004?
            One chart shows other places with similar laws, see Chart 3 (p 5)...
            Authority of Police Parking Enforcement Volunteers:

            Photograph Only: Suffolk County, NY Richland, SC Andover, MA

            Warning/Citation: Amarillo, TX Meridian, MI Hillsborough Co., FL Indianapolis, IN Kokomo, IN, Mesa, AZ Miami-Dade Co., FL St. Petersburg, FL Seminole Co., FL Fremont, CA Kitsap, WA Colorado Springs, CO

            "Other differences in programs are in participation requirements. Some programs are open only to disabled individuals. Others have age requirements. Some require a background check. Still others require only that you be able to complete a citation and place it on the windshield of the vehicle."
            -Dusty

            ---C5-incomplete "walking quad", Dec.28,2005---

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              #7
              South Carolina passed a law enabling this a few years ago. The volunteers must be trained and under the auspices of the sheriff or local police department. In Columbia, the volunteers photograph the car and license plate with a camera provided by the sheriff's office. The vols send the pics in and the sheriff's office issues the ticket by mail. There were a lot of concerns about volunteer safety if a confrontation occurred. The problem is that a lot of local police departments do not see it as a priority and do not get involved with forming and overseeing volunteers.

              As of January 1, the state has started phasing in photo ID placards to help identify unqualified users.
              You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
              http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

              See my personal webpage @
              http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                #8
                they now need to start having signs saying

                wheelchair users only

                doc's have really gotten carried away at handing out these stckers
                http://justadollarplease.org/

                2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

                "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

                .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."

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                  #9
                  I had 3 people park next to me and block my ramp last week!
                  http://outcampaign.org/

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                    #10
                    I'm using my chair part-time again, and agree that it should be only for those who need chair/equipment access. Too many good-intentioned physicians are handing placards out for stuff like arthritis and fibromyalgia. I have both, so please don't slam me. It's a matter of common sense to me; My fibro and arthritis and CFS and myofascial pain syndrome are 100% of my day-to-day life. A few steps more is NOT going to harm me, nor will a few steps less relieve any of my discomfort and pain.

                    A too-tight parking area for an unsafe transfer can lead to a horrible break or hematoma. If you've ever had to get into an office, retail store or other place (church, school, etc) and COULD NOT and have known the frustration (esp if you need to pee or have a boss who will rip your head off for being late) the you know where I'm coming from. We need advocacy with physicians in this area.

                    I think "blue" spaces for w/c access; and some "red" limited-ability spots elsewhere for all the others who don't realize how life changes when you're on wheels.
                    Last edited by Draggin' Lady; 8 Feb 2010, 11:34 AM.

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                      #11
                      Here's a few bumper stickers I'd like to see:

                      "If you don't know what life's like in a wheelchair, then don't park too close to my ramp. Thank you!"

                      "There's a WHEELCHAIR LIFT on my vehicle. Please respect the space it takes for me to access my vehicle. Thanks!"

                      For the more, uh, well......stupid people in life, here are a couple more:

                      "If you don't block my ramp, I won't cath on your windshield."

                      " If I didn't need this much space for my ramp(lift) I would be inside already."

                      I'm sure there are thousands of inspired thoughts out there.

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                        #12
                        when I use a chair, I have less need for a space that is close to where I need to go. I use two braces and cane or crutches otherwise. very painful. I have gotten nasty notes from wheelies or they have waited for me to come out to pounce on me. I have a valid placard. I should not have to lift up my pants to show may braces as proof I need the space. this actually happened recently, and has happened in the past. same with the bigger bathroom stall. easyer to cath, and accomidate my crutches and such in the larger stall. I am really sick of getting crap about it too. and do you think I get any kind of an apology when I get reamed by a wheelie who cant wait to cuss me out? hasnt happened yet. I got a ticket last time because even though I have a placard, a wheelie saw me leave my vehicle, and decided I did not need the space. called the police stated they witnessed me going in on foot, but neglected to mention the crutches. you know what a pain in the butt it is to get a wrongful ticket taken care of? you have to pay it first. and you have to get the placard replaced because the number gets cancelled if it is reported used unlawfully. even if it wasnt used unlawfully. some wheelies are just full of themselves. I have all limbs affected. why should I get hell because I can walk some? how would it feel if a wheelie had to prove they really need a wheelchair? I get treated better if I use a chair. that is just wrong.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by jody View Post
                          when I use a chair, I have less need for a space that is close to where I need to go. I use two braces and cane or crutches otherwise. very painful.
                          I agree with this. I use a wheelchair all the time and have less need for the close spaces than a lot of people who are marginally ambulatory and struggling to keep going. I seldom use an HP space. I have the lift on the back of my van so I can use just about any regular space. If it raining hard, I do try to park as close as possible.
                          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                          See my personal webpage @
                          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                            #14
                            yes, I only use it in very bad weather. Im sorry I had an incident recently and kind of popped off about my frustrations.

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                              #15
                              I hope I didn't offend, Jody....I'm living in both worlds too. I catch heck no matter where I park. But nobody - absolutely nobody - should be reporting unlawful use on you, Jody. When I'm in a chair, I just need access (flat, crosswalk, etc) not close up. When I'm in crutches, I need close up, but go with a very close "regular" space or end up using the blue space and feel somewhat guilty. Darned if we do, and darned if we don't.
                              Today, to make life miserable, my rear w/c lift would not fold flat once the ramp was "up." Don't you know I caught heck for that at a 10-minute stop at the grocery store for taking up 2 nose-to-nose spaces so my lift would not be a hazard.

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