Dedham Police to Use Volunteers to Crackdown on Handicapped Parking Violations
Chief Michael d'Entremont called the practice of parking in a spot marked handicapped without proper permits a "lack of respect."
Some Dedham drivers may think that a quick jaunt into CVS is a good enough excuse to park in a handicapped parking spot without a permit, but volunteers are stepping up in town to crackdown on the practice.
A group of local volunteers have stepped to the plate and will file affidavits when they find cars illegally parked in handicapped spots, police Chief Michael d'Entremont said Friday.
Those affidavits will be notarized by the town clerk's office and sent to the Dedham Police Department, which will then send out parking tickets.
"There is really no reason for people who are not authorized to use legal
handicapped parking spaces to do so," d'Entremont said in an email to Dedham Patch. "Hopefully, the message will get out and there will be less violations."
D'Entremont didn't have current statistics on recent violations immediately available, but said the program will help enhance the department's ability to take action when a violation occurs.
"There certainly can be a lack of respect for these spaces along with a lack of recognition that these spaces are there for those that need them," he said.