Drivers Launch New Kind Of "Baywatch"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 11, 2005
Perhaps that brings to your mind slow-motion images of swimsuit-clad lifeguards running up and down a sunny beach.
Well, it likely got your attention, anyway.
Disability rights advocates in Wales are hoping to get the attention of drivers and supermarkets through their own "Baywatch" campaign.
The "bays" they are talking about are designated parking bays or spaces. The "watch" is an effort to get supermarkets to ensure that only people with disabilities use the spaces designated for them.
Through the end of this week, volunteers are monitoring supermarket parking zones to see who is parking in them. They will fill out a survey to record what they witness. The results are to be compiled and released later.
Violators could find a warning poster on their vehicles letting them know that their registration has been recorded, and asking them not to park there again.
"It really is very frustrating for people to go to the supermarket and see that all the disabled spaces are taken up, many by people who are not disabled," Douglas Campbell, from the Disabled Drivers Association, told the BBC.
"'Spies' call on disabled parking " (BBC News)
"Please Move!" Poster (Baywatch)