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    Handicapped parking enforcement

    For those of you interested in working on the problem you may want to get your law enforcement agency to develop a volunteer patrol unit. Ours is turning out to be quite profitable. It has not eliminated the problem here but has reduced it. Given the number of public parking lots in a metropolitan area like Columbia, 25 volunteers is not nearly enough. One visible volunteer at a shopping center can eliminate illegal use there. The volunteers wear orange vests with "Handicapped Parking Patrol" on them. They take photos of violating vehicles and send them to the sheriff's office. It is really easy now with cameras in phones. Take a copy of the article to your local government and law enforcement agency.

    Richland County’s Handicap Parking Patrol brings in $5 million By MINDY LUCAS

    A program launched by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department 10 years ago to catch people illegally parked in handicap spaces has raised nearly $5 million in revenue for the county.
    The department’s Handicap Parking Patrol, which also works to catch those who have failed to register their vehicle’s tags, has worked so well it’s even taken Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott by surprise.

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    http://www.thestate.com/2013/01/07/2...l#.UOruOaxP9vE
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    I've been so exasperated with parking-and there seems to be no enforcement in our community.
    This is a good article for me to at least send to the 3 police parking departments.

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    Our police department has their RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol) staff doing this on a regular basis. They are empowered to issue a ticket on site. A pretty good revenue source for the city with fines starting at $385/violation in our area.

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    Many counties have such programs. I can tell you ours is very effective and can issue citations. And with some legislation passed a few years ago a portion of the revenue goes to ADA improvements in the county and another portion goes to the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust fund. It can be a great benefit to the community in many ways. If anyone want more info on Florida's program let me know.
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    The Sheriff here tried the roaming handicapped parking control. Is eventually was shut down due to fraud and embezzlement. It does not work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eversonsail View Post
    The Sheriff here tried the roaming handicapped parking control. Is eventually was shut down due to fraud and embezzlement. It does not work.
    Fraud and embezzlement? That sounds like a program setup issue. In our program the findings by the volunteers are turned over to the sheriff's office and processed through the regular ticketing/collection system. Volunteers have background checks and training before they can participate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    Fraud and embezzlement? That sounds like a program setup issue. In our program the findings by the volunteers are turned over to the sheriff's office and processed through the regular ticketing/collection system. Volunteers have background checks and training before they can participate.
    What is to stop someone from putting on one of those vests, taking pictures of violators and telling them for 100 bucks they will delete the picture and save them the 385 dollar fine?

    Not surprising SC the program works and in California it doesn't. California is a cesspool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t8burst View Post
    What is to stop someone from putting on one of those vests, taking pictures of violators and telling them for 100 bucks they will delete the picture and save them the 385 dollar fine?

    Not surprising SC the program works and in California it doesn't. California is a cesspool.
    I guess they could shakedown the parking offender. But even cops can do that. When you look at the backgrounds of our volunteers, whose backgrounds are checked, they are mostly disabled people and their family and friends, and retired people including veterans. The latter are especially interested because the war-injured vets use these spaces.

    Where does the embezzlement come in?
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    The people in charge were caught stealing funds and then fraudulent checks to cash.

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