Stop misusing accessible parking spots: Montreal police launch awareness blitz
Montreal police are asking you to think twice before parking in that reserved disabled parking spot if you don't have the proper permit - or else risk getting a hefty fine.
Police are conducting their first ever ticketing and awareness blitz aimed at preventing motorists from illegally parking in spaces reserved for the disabled on the street and in shopping malls.
The event is similar to their seat belt awareness and drunk driving prevention campaigns.
They are being helped by Moelle épinière et motricité Québec, a local advocacy group for people living with disabilities.
Police say among the most common misconceptions: that motorists can use someone else's permit to park. They also encounter motorists who are using the parking permits of deceased family members.
Last year, Montreal police handed out about 3000 tickets to motorists for parking illegally in a space reserved for the disabled. The fine is $313, about double what it used to be.
.@spvm Montreal police holding its first awareness & ticketing blitz about illegally parking in handicapped spaces on the street and in shopping malls. They gave out 3000 tickets last year. Two years ago it cost you around $150. That’s gone up to $313. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/CxgyHwAUcm— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) June 4, 2019
.@spvm & disabled motorists have heard all the excuses for parking illegally in reserved handicapped spot: “I’m only here for few minutes; I’m waiting for someone.” Some use permits of deceased family members. All those will net you $313 ticket, 2x what it used to be. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/bEs00npRFj— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) June 4, 2019
Jacques Comeau has been confined to a wheelchair for over 40 years and he’s heard all the excuses for taking up a reserved handicapped parking space without the proper permit. He and other disabled motorists are helping police in this awareness campaign. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/2AulnC1w3c— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) June 4, 2019
.@spvm holding its first awareness & ticketing blitz about illegally parking in handicapped spaces on streets & in shopping malls. Disabled motorist Jacques Comeau says it’s a big, sometimes dangerous hassle to look for another parking spot that’s not accessible. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/ooKZ9z7Hum— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) June 4, 2019