Chief Gibson wants to clear up handicap parking confusion
By Howell Dennis
People who park in the striped areas next to designated handicapped parking places - regardless of whether they are in handicapped marked vehicles - are parking illegally. The problem, according to Police Chief K.P. Gibson, is that they may not realize it.
“We’ve had people complain about people who park in the striped areas,” said Gibson. “What these people may not realize is that these areas are designated for people who may need the help of lifts which extend from their vehicle for wheelchairs or carts. When someone is parked in these areas it prohibits them from being able to exit their vehicle.”
Gibson emphasized that these areas need to remain open and, whether the vehicle has a handicapped placard or not, that they will be cited.
After a ride around Crowley’s shopping centers Wednesday afternoon, the Post-Signal spotted several violators in the striped areas.
According to Gibson, several handicapped Crowley citizens have been complaining about the situation.
“Handicapped places are clearly marked and people are only allowed to park in the designated lane,” he said. “Though many people may be unaware of this law we will issue them tickets for this violation.”