abuse needs to be APPROPRIATELY REPORTED
I have a placard, but don't need it most of the time and only use it when I really do. I have worked with people with disabilities since I was 14..about 13 years before I knew I had a chronic health problem and 15 years before I started having enough trouble walking to get a placard. I usually do not use a mobility aid-except a shopping cart in the store, but do have a motorized wheelchair for long distance and sometimes use a cane with seat so that I can stop and rest. Once I went to the mall food court for lunch. I really wasn't feeling good-plus the parking lot had a lot of pot holes and cracks which I have an especially hard time on--even small cracks can cause me to twist an ankle.....so i used my placard. I ate and immediately returned to my car....I couldn't walk through the mall. My leg gave out 2x on the way to my car and I had to rest my head on the steering wheel when I got in..yet an idiot on a Harley shook his head at me.\r\n\r\nI am a big proponent of enforcing handicap parking and other frauds related to disability issue. But you need to use common sense. Some of the assumptionsof fraud on this site are purely ridiculous.\r\n\r\nPeople who 'appear' to be walking fine might in fact be appropriately using the spot, unless you have xray vision or are psychic-you can suspect, but have to right to attack based on a general assumption.\r\n\r\n\r\nIf a person is picking up a person with a disability, they can use the handicap spot. So just because a person jumps out of the car and runs is not proof. They could be running in to escort the person with the disability to the car.\r\n\r\nSome people with mental disabilities due in fact need the aid of another person to safely walk through a parking lot. They are at risk of running off should the caretaker lose their grip and may not know to move out of the way of a car that is backing up. The wording of the regs in my state can be interpreted to allow this.\r\n\r\nYou can get yourself killed confronting someone you assume is misuing the parking--whether they are or not. Why take that chance-especially when there is a possibility they are legitimately using the spot.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou need to have REASONABLE suspicion before assuming someone is misuing the parking. Some of the reports do show reasonable suspicion, but others show pure ignorance.