Two years ago I posted on Straight Dope that I truly believe that handicap driving is a real problem in the US – it is abused.
Here is a synopsis:
Many people who get handicap driver status are abusing the system – they could easily walk the extra space it takes from their car to whatever it is they are going to.
Another portion are of advanced age or have some diffeciency that actually makes driving unsafe. How many times have you been behind someone like this, with handicap plates, either driving too slow or sporatically. As sad as it is, they should no longer be driving.
There are so many LEGTIMATE handicap drivers. Someone paralyzed with legitimate equipment in their cars to drive safely, a diabetic, an elderly pesron with painful arthritis who can drive with ease but who has trouble walking. . .
My bottom line – it should be hard to get handicap plates. It should only go to those who can drive safely and efficently – and I also believe that those who park illegaly in handicaped spaces should be fined harshly.
Two years ago, I was critized harshly for this. In part I blame myself – I was not clear enough. And in retrospect it may have sounded bigoted.
But two years have passed and I really reflected on the comment I received on this board — and I feel the same as I do now.
Am I off base? Your thoughts. . .