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Sierra Vista cracks down on handicapped parking violations

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The beginning of a new month will mark increased parking enforcement in Sierra Vista.

Trained patrol volunteers, under the direction of the Sierra Vista Police Department, will enforce handicapped parking violations, beginning July 1.

“This is one area that our patrol officers do not get much time to address due to high calls for other services,” Corporal Scott Borgstadt with SVPD said. “Our patrol volunteers have been trained on how to determine if a vehicle is parked illegally and can, under state law, write a citation for the violation.”

SVPD officials said a person who parks in a handicapped spot must display a handicapped placard in the front windshield or have a handicapped designation on the license place. Under state law, the law enforcement officer or parking enforcement specialist can  issue a complaint to the operator or person in charge of the vehicle if he or she is present, or give a civil traffic violation to the registered owner.

“It is very frustrating when someone who is authorized to use a designated handicapped space can’t find a one," Borgstadt said. "Our goal is to educate by enforcing state and city statutes when they apply.”

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