GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Department of Motor Vehicles debuted new disability place cards and said the old ones were being misused and weren’t as visible to law enforcement.
Greenville Police monitors areas around the city to make sure people aren’t abusing handicap placards. Police said if someone does, they will spend a hefty fine.
It happens too often, as people park in handicap spaces who may not be handicapped. Jaimie Yahnker, who is wheelchair-bound, sees it every day and sometimes has to drive around several times before finding a spot.
“It may be their mother’s placard, but they are using it,” said Yahnker, who’s frustrated and said there are people with a disability who may not find an open space, which forces them to park elsewhere. Yahnker understands that some disabilities aren’t visible to the eye.
The new temporary placard is red on the top with the date of expiration on the front. Meanwhile, the permanent placard remains blue and white.
“I think that is a good idea, because before they were valid for five years and people would break their leg and they would get a placard for five years. Once their leg would heal they would still use that placard. Now it’s a six-month basis,” said Corey Barrett, parking enforcement supervisor.
Barrett said Greenville Police monitor parking lots like Target and Wal-Mart. He said the new placard will make his job easier.
“When you look at it or when you run it, it will give you the expiration date on the placard,” Barrett said, noting that people do call and turn others in because they can’t find a spot.
Yahnker said he doesn’t, but he has one thing to say to people abusing the spots, “Stop, stop it, think about it. Think about what you are doing.”