2003-01-11 / Letters

Identify Parking Scofflaws

Identify Parking Scofflaws

This is a letter sent to Department of Transportation

Dear Commissioner Weinshall:

Many of our disabled community members have expressed strong concerns regarding the abuse of Handicapped Parking Only spaces available for the use of the handicapped. Handicapped parking zones have been legally established to help provide a better life quality for handicapped persons. Unfortunately, many of our citizens fail to observe parking regulations thereby taking away the rights, not only of handicapped members of our society, but by parking illegally in restricted parking zones, bus stops, etc. diminish the rights of all citizens.

New York City is undergoing a severe budgetary crisis. Our police department precincts have been downsized drastically. Understandably, the limited staffing resources available to enforce NYC laws will have an adverse effect on citing parking violators.

This does not mean that illegally parked vehicle should be allowed to escape the penalty of the law, Some other means need to be found to help resolve this serious situation. Properly painting and identifying restricted parking zones will go a long way in alleviating parking problems. Other communities have utilized the services of trained volunteers who would identify those parking scofflaws by placing/posting a warning on their windshield. Handicapped citizens would be the first to volunteer.

The members of the NYC Council have been inordinately busy during their first year in office. They are acquiring a reputation for expedient efficiency. Needed legislation could quickly be made available. Together with the acknowledged expertise of the Department of Transportation, and the NYC Police Department a solution to this problem will hopefully emerge.

CHET SZAREJKO
ROBERT RAPPO
Eastern Queens Democratic Club


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