Rise in handicap parking tickets this season

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 12/16/2013 11:17 pm Published: 12/16/2013 10:54 pm

"It's the holiday season. Of course everyone wants to beat the holiday rush and get an up-close parking spot, but police tell me if you're doing it illegally, you're going to pay a price."

"I have three new knees. I have had knee surgery twice and the second time they worked on both of them."

Because of that, Doris Graham needs front-row parking, especially during the busy holiday season.

But some people break the law, feeling their time is more important than others well-being.
"It's pretty frustrating," Graham said.

That's why the Tulsa Police Department, as part of the safe shopper program, has set out to help this holiday season.

"Hit a couple of rows and everything was fine, but then we get to one row and there are three of them," Officer Greg McGowan told FOX23.

Three violators that is.

It took us no time at all to find a couple more.

"Preset fine of $150."

FOX23 watched Officer Greg McGowan write the tickets.

One car had no handicap placards while the other car had an expired one.

Cpl. Brian Collum tells us his officers know if the permit is out of date just by looking at the letter.

"A-H this year won't be valid, they'll be expired placards so the 'I's' kind of start right now. About half of the 'I's' are expired, the other half are still good," Collum told FOX23.

So some are coming out of Woodland Hills Mall to an unwanted gift this holiday season.

"In approximately six days we have written close to 200"

Others are giving officers a pat on the back.

"There ya go. They deserve that crap," a shopper passed by and cheered the officer on as he placed a ticket on the windshield of a vehicle illegally parked.

"I waited for the people to come back so I could let them know that's not what they should have done," Graham said.

She's glad officers are out helping her defend what's right.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/16/2013 11:36 PM
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These are especially hard on handicapped people who weren't able to renew their decals on time.

Unwashed Mass - 12/16/2013 11:26 PM
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You commonly find police vehicles in handicap spots.
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