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Dedham Police to Use Volunteers to Crackdown on Handicapped Parking Violations

Chief Michael d'Entremont called the practice of parking in a spot marked handicapped without proper permits a "lack of respect."

Some Dedham drivers may think that a quick jaunt into CVS is a good enough excuse to park in a handicapped parking spot without a permit, but volunteers are stepping up in town to crackdown on the practice.

A group of local volunteers have stepped to the plate and will file affidavits when they find cars illegally parked in handicapped spots, police Chief Michael d'Entremont said Friday.

Those affidavits will be notarized by the town clerk's office and sent to the Dedham Police Department, which will then send out parking tickets.

"There is really no reason for people who are not authorized to use legal
handicapped parking spaces to do so," d'Entremont said in an email to Dedham Patch. "Hopefully, the message will get out and there will be less violations."

D'Entremont didn't have current statistics on recent violations immediately available, but said the program will help enhance the department's ability to take action when a violation occurs.

"There certainly can be a lack of respect for these spaces along with a lack of recognition that these spaces are there for those that need them," he said.

Ward April 23, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Will the DPD ever enforce the Whiting Avenue "No Parking This Side Signs" - before pedestrians get hurt by walking in the street to avoid these flagrant and constant illegally parked on the side walk vehicles?
Susan Webster April 23, 2011 at 10:02 PM
How can I join the volunteers?
Mary April 25, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Maybe I am missing something here. Volunteers will be able to file affidavids for a ticket to be issued. Where is the proof that someone actually was an offender? Do they take photographs?

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