Reserve special parking

for those who really need it

Regarding the June 11 article, "Handicapped parking/Privilege not permanent":

Handicapped parking is a privilege. It is a special advantage for those who have difficulty maneuvering about. Often, I have observed a seemingly able person using a handicapped spot, with the appropriate tag, and bounding out of the vehicle to scoot into a place of business. Sometimes the tag does not belong to that person, but to someone who may not be with them.

As one who is handicapped and has used a handicapped placard for over 10 years, I am grateful for the opportunity to park closer on days when my multiple sclerosis causes me severe discomfort or renders me too weak to walk. Often, individuals will look at me and not see the pain, fatigue or weakness I am having, as MS is not a disease that is always visible. Although I use a cane, sometimes, if the terrain is even, I will leave it in my car. I have been given the "evil eye," and nasty stares from some who may look at me and not see my disability. At those times, I feel as if I should defend my actions. But then I realize that my disability has been documented by my never-ending rounds of MRIs and visits to the neurologist. Sadly, I have earned this privilege.

I applaud the proposed plan to try to control the issuance of handicapped license plates and placards. We do need a stricter mechanism that weeds out those who take advantage of the system. Believe me, I would give anything to be able to park farther away and enjoy the exercise of walking a greater distance. For now, I am just appreciative that I can still walk.


Cape May Court House

Proposed parking change

another unnecessary law

Regarding the June 11 article, "Handicapped parking/Privilege not permanent":

Here we go again, another feel-good law. I believe if the law was enforced in the first place, there would be no problem.

The law says anyone using a handicapped tag must have an identification card matching the tag ID numbers. The card is dated and identifies the user. I don't see how putting a date on the placard will help. If police are close enough to see the date, they are close enough to ask for the ID card.

The fact is police do not place a high priority on illegal parking. The proof of this is that Egg Harbor Township police have averaged between only 20 and 30 tickets a year over the past three years.

I don't understand the lack of enforcement of a law that benefits people with disabilities. The money generated by fines ($250 for a first offense) would be beneficial to the township, maybe enough to keep some police officers from being laid off. I do not feel a bit sorry for the ignorant people who get ticketed.

The harm in this new law is that the innocent will be hurt, as usual. For example, someone in my family was found to be permanently disabled due to a stroke in 2000. She now will be required to get a doctor's exam every three years. For what? Permanently means forever. The exam is not free.

As always, we will comply with the law, but I won't hold my breath waiting for the police to do their jobs.


Egg Harbor Township