Disabled parking permits

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 12:05 a.m.

The misuse of the disabled person parking permit by Chris Rix is only a more highly publicized example of what's being done every day by members of our society everywhere.

More and more, we are seeing the misuse of the disabled person parking permit by those who do not legally own the permits, as well as those who do own the permits, but which were issued improperly by physicians.

Those who misuse these permits hide behind the opinion that "their disability is non-visual." Disabled person parking permits are not issued based on anyone's opinion, but on very specific provisions listed in Florida statutes section 320.0848.

That statute also issues a warning: The disabled person must have a Florida driver's license or Florida identification card in his or her possession when the permit is in use.

Many, who patronize malls, grocery stores, entertainment and sporting events, etc., use the permit unlawfully. In doing so, they are denying those who are less fortunate and those who have special needs, the accessibility needed to function and participate in society.

Those who use the permits illegally may be asked by authorities for proper ID. They also may join the ranks of Chris Rix and be embarrassed.

Shame on Chris Rix! But also shame on those who are breaking the law and simply don't care.

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