Handicap parking violations increase in Broken Arrow

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 10/24/2013 7:06 pm Published: 10/24/2013 3:03 pm

Back problems and a couple of knee replacements have made life miserable for Lloyd Keaton. Sometimes the bigger issue is when violators park in handicap spots.

"I always think they should walk in his shoes for a few days," said Keaton's wife, Anna Kay.

Lloyd can barely stand it.

"My back goes out if I walk too far," said Keaton.

Keaton's wife does all the driving. She talked with FOX23 about the fines Broken Arrow Police will start serving violators, which will range from $155 to $500.

"Hike it up some more," said Anna Kay Keaton.

Ann Smith-Hamilton hopes the fines will send an important message.

"I find it disrespectful for them to do that. I really do," said Smith Hamilton.

BAPD said this is part of a statewide effort. It'll better accommodate more than 100,000 disabled veterans, who come home and have to fight for parking spots.

"I can only walk a certain distance without losing my breath," said Smith-Hamilton.

"He couldn't walk 50 feet," said Keaton's wife.

The very symbol that shows a need for help is being used to handicap those who need it most.

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