Handicap Parking Fraud by primusboy


									Handicap Parking Fraud
To park or not to park, that is the question. The blue and white sign
hanging in front of the empty parking space states a fine between $250.00
to $3,000.00 and/or six months in jail for offenders. The parking lot is
empty and no one is around. Sure it is illegal, but if you're only going
to be a minute or two and no one is around to bust you--who's it hurting?
Apart from taking away the rights of the handicap by parking in their
spots, you're inconveniencing the businesses that reserve those spots for
their customers. In fact, if a majority of people adopted the philosophy,
it will only be a minute or two--no one is around to notice so who cares.
Then where does that leave the handicap? It leaves them searching for a
spot--possibly one at the other end of the parking lot; or, even more
tragically sending them elsewhere due to their inability to find a
parking spot.
The business responsible for deciding who is eligible for a handicap
placard or license plate is the Department of Motor Vehicles. When the
DMV issues the placard, they do so according to three varying levels of
disability. Although the components for eligibility differ from state to
state, they are typically as follows. The first level is temporary
disability, which lasts up to 6 months. The next is a moderate disability
which can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years. Finally, the
permanent disability placard must be applied for every 15 years. All
three levels must accompany an application form certified by a physician
stating the full extent of the disability. In some states, upon receiving
your license plate or placard, the individual is also issued an
authorization letter that must accompany the vehicle using the placard.
Offenders who choose to park in a handicap spot affect the lives of those
with a limited ability to walk, a visual handicap, or a debilitating
heart or lung condition. Furthermore, those who defraud the system by
using placards that have been bought, stolen, or traded need to be
stopped. I am not suggesting that you need to approach someone you
believe is abusing the system, such as, a young person driving a
convertible who parks in a handicap spot. After all, many of us are not
doctors or therapists; therefore, we are not qualified to make such an
assertion. I am only suggesting you checkout the website
www.handicappedfraud.org for details on how you can help thwart the
offenders, and stop the laziness that is handicap parking fraud.
Ian Lawrence Campbell is a college student in the Miami area. He is
currently pursuing a degree in psychology. In his free time he operates a
romance based website at http://www.tethered-passion.com

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