It is time for local law enforcement officials to revisit the enforcement of handicapped parking regulations. It is very difficult for anyone to believe that handicapped permit placards are being used only by the registered owners of the vehicles that park in the handicap-designated spaces.
Those designated parking spaces are also being violated by people who leave shopping carts in the provided areas, blocking access for those who are severely handicapped, for which the Americans with Disabilities Act was originally enacted.
Is it reasonable to ascertain that Maine residents who have handicapped placards are just not concerned enough about other handicapped persons to leave shopping carts in the handicapped parking zones, or are they just too lazy to place them in the cart areas where they belong?
Law enforcement officials need to strictly enforce the ADA handicapped parking regulations in Lewiston-Auburn to ensure that the severely handicapped are able to access the designated handicapped parking zones, and violators are prosecuted accordingly.
Ron Bourque, Lewiston