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Parked in Handicap accidentally

Old 01-15-2010, 03:07 PM
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Parked in Handicap accidentally

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction with this problem. I just got booked a $450 fine for parking in a capped zone. Did not see any sign for the zone at all.

That's right, it's $450.00 fine for parking in a handicapped space. If anyone has any advice for me, let me fill you in on some details.

There wasn't a 'blue' handicapped sign on the asphalt of the spot. Instead, it was a house with some handicapped kids that have a private spot marked for specifically for them. Just like a 'Parking 1-hour 8am-6pm' sign, except 'handicapped zone.'

I didn't see the sign when I pulled in to the spot. It can fit two cars, and there was an SUV in front of the sign. Since I drive a Civic, my angle to the sign was out of sight from behind the SUV. I went to work, and 4-hours later I learned that I have a $450 fine on my hands.

So, the basic problem is that I'm guilty, but I should probably plead guilty with explanation. I plan to take pics of the angle of the sign and how I approached the spot with out seeing it. I even talked to the owner of the house to see if I could get them to vouch that they were parked with their SUV their. They denied it, basically said 'it must have been someone else parked illegally.' Conveniently they had a friend that came by that night with a maroon SUV, (I was parked behind a maroon SUV) but they claim she was not parked there, probably to get her out of any claims or differences.

So, if anyone has some pointers they'd be greatly appreciated. I can't afford this whopping fee right now. Thanks
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