Bill Increases Illegal Parking Penalties; Fines To Benefit Personal
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 24, 2004
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY--A proposal in the Kentucky Legislature would more than double the fine for parking illegally in spaces designated for people with disabilities, and would send most of the funds to the state's personal care program.
The House on Monday passed House Bill 71 by a 84-5 vote and sent the measure to the Senate for final approval.
HB71 would set the illegal parking fine at $250. The current penalty varies from $20 to $100.
"You may think that that's a lot, and it is," said the measure's sponsor, Representative Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville. "But they deserve it, if an able-bodied person parks in a handicapped spot."
"They won't have to pay the fine if they don't park there," she explained.
Ninety percent of each fine would go to the personal care assistance program, which helps people with disabilities to live in their own homes instead of nursing homes or other institutions. The remaining ten percent would go to law enforcement agencies in the county where the infraction occurred.
The bill would also make disabled parking placards renewable every two years rather than the current six years. The shorter time was appropriate, Marzian said, because some people use the placards longer than they need.
The House also sent HB 81 to the Senate with a 81-7 vote. That measure would ensure that students with disabilities could safely get out of their classrooms in an emergency.