Dec 15, 2014 11:08 PM
Parking problems increase for NH drivers with disabled parking placards
ENFIELD - More than 100,000 New Hampshire drivers have disability placards, but using them has become a headache.
The issue centers around access aisles, the striped area next to a handicap spot, which some drivers use for parking.
Not only is it illegal. It limits space those with disabilities often need to exit their vehicle.
"My problem is my legs and it has to be wide open and sometimes it can't be because people are parking on the lined area," said Marilyn Mercier who has used a placard for ten years.
According to her, the problem only gets worse around the holidays when parking lots are packed
"They park wherever they want to because they've got to do the shopping," said Mercier.
New Hamsphire law enforcement have noticed the issue.
"This time of year many more shoppers are out, and we want to bring attention people not parking in those," said Enfield Police Chief Richard Crate Jr.
Crate said shopping carts and snow blocking the access aisles are another source of the problem disabled drivers face.
Fines for parking in the access aisle can be up to $250. Under the law, people with walking disabilities can send a photo of the violation to the police along with a sworn statement including the date, place and time.