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New site, tip line allows Arkansans to report vehicles illegally parked in spaces for disabled

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published August 11, 2017 at 12:03 p.m. Updated August 11, 2017 at 12:36 p.m.

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This screenshot shows a new state website where tips can be submitted about the improper use of parking spaces for people with disabilities.


A new website and phone number unveiled Friday will let people in Arkansas report when they believe vehicles are illegally taking up parking spaces marked as reserved for those with disabilities.

A new law allowed for the creation of "a mechanism for a person to report the suspected misuse of a disabled license plate, disabled placard, or a disabled parking space," the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said in a statement.

On the website, portal.dfa.arkansas.gov/MisuseParking, users can describe the vehicle in question, list the location and upload a photo. The tips can also be called in to (866) NOPARK5.

The statement said the data through the program "will be collected to further the cause in advocating Arkansas Laws, educating those with parking privileges and those that continue to violate the rights of Arkansans with disabilities."

Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the Department of Finance and Administration, said information received through the website and number would first be forwarded on to local law enforcement in the area in question. Authorities then will decide if a ticket should be issued.

The state, meanwhile, will also send a letter to the registered owner of the vehicle listed on the tip if records show the vehicle is not licensed for parking in the space.

"It's not going to be a threatening letter," Hardin said. "We just want to bring attention to the fact that this behavior is being noticed. And we are going to strongly encourage people if they don't have the appropriate qualifications, then don't park in spaces that those reserved for people with disabilities."

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BennettNolan says... August 11, 2017 at 2:51 p.m.

My personal observation is that we need a website to report people who are obviously not disabled who are parking in the disabled spots.

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rubythecat96gmailcom says... August 11, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.

Bennett, you do know that you can be disabled but still walk?

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KjTucker says... August 11, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

You can be disabled and able to walk short distances without having to use a cane, crutches, walker, wheelchair or scooter. Many people prefer not to. That's why the state issues placards and license plates after receiving proper supporting documents. Let's not judge the 'disabled' book by its cover; assuming will make an a-s-s out of u.

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Jfish says... August 11, 2017 at 4:13 p.m.

This is just another sign of the times of our deteriorating culture. Years ago, only severely disabled people would use these spaces and others would not have even considered using them. Now the Kroger and Wal-Mart spaces are filled with those who are not disabled or are slightly disabled, but by golly they have their placard and they are going to save walking 100 feet.

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NoUserName says... August 11, 2017 at 6:01 p.m.

So, I can have my parked car get hit by another vehicle in a parking lot and the police aren't dispatched because they don't handle accidents in private lots. But they can ticket for handicap violations? That's pretty much bulls**t. I also hope the state gets PROOF of a violation before sending a letter. Sounds like a gigantic waste of money.

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NoUserName says... August 11, 2017 at 6:06 p.m.

Oh, and for idiots like fish, there are ailments, such as MS, where a perfectly able person can walk into a store and come out pretty f'kn tired and nearly unable to walk. And it might even be that the person has no advance warning of when such an ailment will strike and therefore uses the parking space. If a person has the placard, the state is satisfied the person can use it. So perhaps one should engage the brain before opening ones trap.

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DoubleBlind says... August 11, 2017 at 8:24 p.m.

Agree with NUN on all points. This is another example of where technology needs to be developed to combat the issue. Forget 'placards.' Those with true disabilities - discernible to outsiders or not - need an electronic window sticker, similar to that of a tol sticker, that is scanned by a sensor embedded in each handicap spot. Any car without the sticker should trigger a super annoying alarm that doesn't go off until the car leaves the space. Maybe not problem solved completely, but much closer.

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DoubleBlind says... August 11, 2017 at 8:40 p.m.

What about all the lazy, inconsiderate and irresponsible a-holes who leave grocery carts in parking lots to smash into other cars? Every store should have to adopt the carts which require users to insert a quarter in order to obtain a cart and to return the cart in order to get their quarter back.

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PopulistMom says... August 12, 2017 at 7:06 a.m.

While I agree that it often can be difficult to discern who is disabled, I am pretty sure that a woman I saw who ran into a store wearing high heels was not disabled.

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Jfish says... August 12, 2017 at 8:03 a.m.

Well Popmom, according to Nousername, you are an idiot. Nouser and Doubleblind are the typical liberals always making excuses for people. Doubleblind's name fits him/her perfectly if he cannot sit in a Wal-Mart parking lot and see that this is being abused. Also, the truly handicapped (you know, those with polio and such) have complained about this for years, so apparently me and Popmom aren't the only idiots who think there should be some enforcement.

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