2013 Indiana General Assembly

Senate votes to double fine for illegal parking in handicapped spot

2013-02-04T17:45:00Z 2013-02-04T17:51:05Z Senate votes to double fine for illegal parking in handicapped spotDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 04, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Senate voted 45-4 Monday to double the minimum fine imposed on a non-disabled motorist who parks illegally in a handicapped spot.

Senate Bill 387, which now goes to the House, raises the minimum fine to $100 from $50. Local governments can set a higher fine.

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, is sponsor of the legislation. He said his goal isn't to raise money but to change driver behavior.

"I believe that it is against all common decency for a physically able person to park in a slot that's reserved for a physically handicapped person or a disabled veteran that needs that parking spot," Charbonneau said.

Senators questioned Charbonneau as to whether it is fair to impose such a stiff fine on someone using the handicapped spot while quickly running into a store, or if the spot isn't well marked.

Charbonneau reiterated his position that it's never acceptable for a non-handicapped person to use a handicapped parking spot.

State Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, will sponsor the legislation in the House.

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