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Young Shoppers Misusing Handicapped Parking Placards Busted At Clinton Crossing

During the initial Black Friday shopping rush at the Clinton Crossing Outlet Center, Clinton Police Officers actively enforced handicapped parking regulations.

From the Clinton, CT Police Department: 

During the initial Black Friday shopping rush at the Clinton Crossing Outlet Center, Clinton Police Officers actively enforced handicapped parking regulations.  The enforcement effort was based on experience from previous years, during which officers caught several young shoppers misusing the placards of elderly persons who were not present. 

Thirteen infractions were issued during this year’s five hour sweep.  In some instances officers remained at the larger banks of handicapped spaces and turned away additional would-be violators who pulled in to park despite not having valid placards.  Those placards were seized. 

In previous years violators completely filled the available spaces and had to be towed.  This year towing was avoided by posting officers near enough to see some of the violations as they occurred.

 

Daria Novak December 02, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Can any young people involved explain why you were so lazy? Or, why you were inconsiderate toward those in our area with disabilities that really need the designated spaces? Finally, why would you steal another's placard? Do you feel guilty? I am glad the police are holding these violators accountable. If we did this more, and consistently throughout our society, we would all be better off. Thank you to the Clinton Police Department for following "rule of law" and not "rule of man" as did these young people. Hopefully, they learned their lesson.
Gus R. Horvath December 03, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Daria. I wonder what the definition of "young shoppers" is for this case. As a 83 year old, anyone under 70 is a "young" person.
Stephanie Gerrish December 03, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I don't care if your young or old. 16 or 83... if you can walk... do it. But then again My mother is in an eclectic wheel chair and we joke that it takes less energy for her to get to the stores so maybe she should not use the pass. With that said, we also need to pay close attention to what TYPE of spot it is. If you are not in a van with a ramp, please do not use the spot designated as such. I cant tell you how any times my mother could not get into her van after someone blocked the ramp side of her van.
Jay D December 03, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Its no different than the people who park their bmw, mercedes or lexus in the fire lane!

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