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Drivers Abusing Laws on Disabled parking

Listen to this short clip about the upsetting rise in the number of people abusing the use of handicap passes that are not registered to them. What I found far more compelling than even this awful crime, was what the police had to say about the issue. They would rather let citizens commit these crimes than ask for identification or proof of issue for this tags because they are too scared of offending someone who might actually be disabled with a less readily apparent disability. This is a very concrete example of that idea of “nervousness” coming into play in real life.

What do you think about this? I think that maybe if I were disabled I would rather have an officer ask to see identification than be kept from parking in a handicap parking spot by someone who is not disabled but whom the police were to afraid to question. Do you think you would feel the same? What would you do in the position of the police?

Written by Mairin Martin

September 29th, 2010 at 12:32 am

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