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Clinton Police Bust Young Shoppers Misusing Handicapped Parking Placards

During the initial Black Friday shopping rush at the Clinton Crossing Outlet Center, Clinton Police Officers actively enforced handicapped parking regulations.

From the Clinton, CT Police Department: 

During the initial Black Friday shopping rush at the Clinton Crossing Outlet Center, Clinton Police Officers actively enforced handicapped parking regulations.  The enforcement effort was based on experience from previous years, during which officers caught several young shoppers misusing the placards of elderly persons who were not present. 

Thirteen infractions were issued during this year’s five hour sweep.  In some instances officers remained at the larger banks of handicapped spaces and turned away additional would-be violators who pulled in to park despite not having valid placards.  Those placards were seized. 

In previous years violators completely filled the available spaces and had to be towed.  This year towing was avoided by posting officers near enough to see some of the violations as they occurred.

 

Phil Sengle December 03, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Great! Fantastic action by CPD. I have always felt that handicapped permits are widely abused. I made several suggestions to Senator Art Linares to tighten up this program. Such as photo of permit holder on placard and an expiration date for permit. This will clamp down on abuse.
lou panico December 03, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Good job. My wife had one but turned it in when no longer needed All police depts should be doing this.
lou panico December 03, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Ill bet 8 put of ten are guilty of this. These people don't feel guilty that a handicap person or maybe someone who is so disabled cannot walk needs this space ??? It's not enforced enough. That's the problem
Clinton resident December 03, 2013 at 04:31 PM
The problem with these is that when the person using it dies, family members keep using them because they are not required to turn them in. There is a lot of abuse of these stickers and Phil Sengle had a great suggestion. I hope Art Linares follows up and makes long overdue changes.
Craig R December 03, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Unfortunately obesity is considered a disease and the placards are issued to them as handicapped. Perhaps if you ate less and parked far away, you would get some necessary exercise to combat your disease. Nothing worse than watching a 400 lb person get out of their car and hobble into McDonalds after taking a spot for an elderly/truly handicapped person.
Jim Braun December 03, 2013 at 10:13 PM
This past Sunday I saw a perfectly healthy man pull out of one of the handicapped spots in front of Stop and Shop.....on a motorcycle.
lou panico December 04, 2013 at 01:42 PM
We saw four " large people" park in handi cap spot with a sticker and go into a fried seafood restaurant locally. They need to have that sticker snatched Doctors need to be more careful and not give them out casually. How about a test : You can't walk Yes You can't breathe good. Yes You're too fat NO Start walking !!
Lenny Gorski December 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM
I see this abuse of healthy people parking in well marked handicapped spots almost daily on the shoreline. Rather than new, additional laws, more enforcement of existing ones is needed. Not to generalize but a lot of violators I see are young, 20-30 ish, taking a spot for a truly handicapped elderly person or someone in a wheelchair. . That is extreme selfishness. I'm glad local PD enforced it here.

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