At age 76 and with increased problems with COPD and Agent Orange, my doctors approved my need for 24-hour oxygen treatment. I received a handicapped tag from the state because heat and distance walking is difficult for me, as it is for all of us who are in the same situation.
Since having this tag, I find how much of a problem for those of us to have an open handicapped spot because of those who do not have or ignore the signs and park in order to be closer to the business they're going to. Some don't want their new car damaged, others feel no consciousness toward handicapped personnel. Others who have a tag let their families use it even when they are not in the vehicle.
Everywhere I go I see signs stating a $100 fine for parking in a handicapped spot with no tag. Once a young woman told me, "I'm only going in for a few moments, so don't bother me." Who passes out the $100 fine? Who has the authority to write the tickets?
This is not a special measure given to we who must carry the handicapped tags. It is the city, county and caring businesses that provide this service out of concern and courtesy for those who must live with our problem. So the next time you park in a handicapped spot, please consider what the purpose of that spot is for.
Thomas B. Koener