Monday, April 11, 2011

Handicap Spots Snow Free

Senator Jack Martins, R-Mineola, has introduced a bill (SB 4516) that would increase the penalty for dumping snow onto a handicapped parking spot.
His memorandum on this issue notes that during the 2010-2011 winter, many handicapped parking spaces became unavailable as the result of accumulating snow. He notes that local agencies issued numerous tickets to offenders that put snow onto these restricted areas, but suggests that the maximum fine of $50 for a first time offense is not a deterrent.
Under Martins law, if you "knowingly" put snow into a handicapped spot you will be subject to a $150 fine for a first offense and a fine no greater than $300 for a second offense. He does allow for for local or municipal governments to establish higher fines, but they can't exceed $250 for the first offense and $500 for the second offense.
As of Friday, there was not a companion to this proposal.

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