Some Tri-State drivers want more parking enforcement similar to Illinois effort


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Police in Illinois started parking stings in several cities, focusing on people illegally parking in spaces for people with disabilities.

Some drivers in our region want to see more enforcement closer to home.

A parking space on Black Friday, like a very popular present, can be hard to find.

“This time of year, it’s really difficult trying to find a spot usually,” says Andy Imlay, who uses spaces reserved for those with disabilities.

“For long distances and any time we go to the store, most of the time I have to use my wheelchair for mobility use,” he describes. When someone who doesn’t have a placard on their vehicle uses one of those spots, it makes it more difficult for him.

“I usually have to park in a spot that’s way far away from the store, and most of the time the regular spots won’t have the space needed to be able to open the door to get my chair out,” he says.

Fines for parking in a space for those with disabilities is $350 dollars in Illinois. Drivers also face a $600 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension. More than a half million placards are now used by Illinois drivers. In Indiana, a driver parking in a place for those with disabilities can be fined at least $100.

“It lets people know its a serious matter and the actions they do do have consequences,” Imlay says.

Some drivers want to see more attention paid to enforcing parking laws. and to keep those spots reserved for those who need them.

“You’d hope there would be an official around looking for that. I think that’s one of the down points, is that there aren’t enough officials, maybe, driving around, making sure to be looking for those things,” says Stacy Schaeffer of Santa Claus, Indiana.

“It may take me three to four times as long to park in a regular spot, and get where I need to go versus that extra five or ten minutes it may take you to walk from a spot that may be further away,” Imlay adds.

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(This story was originally published on November 29, 2019)

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