Disabled Parking Awareness Detail Conducted in Edgewood/ Joppa Retail Parking Lots
[July 19, 2011, Bel Air, MD] — People with disabilities face challenges every day, not the least of which is finding adequate parking when they need it. For those with disabilities, the use of handicapped parking spaces, correctly known as accessible parking spaces, is not a luxury; it's a necessity. Yet every day, motorists with disabilities can't find parking spaces when they need them because their non-disabled counterparts use these spaces as a means of convenience.
The Harford County Commission on Disabilities and Harford County Sheriff's Office urge Harford County citizens to leave designated parking spots for those who truly need them. They encourage all drivers to be considerate when parking and to remember that parking for "just a minute" is 60 seconds too long! On Wednesday July 6, 2011, members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office and agents of the Motor Vehicle Administration conducted a detail targeting handicapped parking violators in the Edgewood/Joppa parking lots of retail establishments in the area. The detail yielded the following results:
- 39 - Drivers were approached and/or stopped
- 6 - MD Uniform citations were issued for handicapped violations
- 2 - MD Uniform citations were issued for driving on a suspended license
- 2 - Harford County citations were issued
- 7 - Handicapped placards were seized as the result of misuse
- 1 - Arrest Warrant from Baltimore City PD was served
For more information about the Maryland Accessibility Code and specifications on accessible parking spaces and signage, and for copies of the Code, contact the Maryland Codes Administration Office at 410-514-7220.