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Pearl police officer warns against handicap parking violations

A Pearl police officer is working to spread awareness about a parking issue he said is becoming common. Source: Zack Goins A Pearl police officer is working to spread awareness about a parking issue he said is becoming common. Source: Zack Goins
PEARL, MS (WLBT) -

A Pearl police officer is working to spread awareness about a parking issue he said is becoming common.

In a Facebook post, Officer Zack Goins shared a picture of a disabled child in a wheelchair, unable to get onto the ramp on the vehicle he was traveling in because another vehicle was improperly parked and blocked the space needed for that to happen.

The post has been shared thousands of times and Goins said the father of the child in the photo reached out to him, thanking him for raising awareness about the parking issue.

“A lot of times when I’m writing citations just in the City of Pearl, that’s what I’m writing them for,” Goins said. “Along with handicap parking is also the striped area beside it. A lot of people don’t understand why and say well I didn’t park in the handicap zone. No, but you parked in the area designated for it and I saw that picture and I thought what a better way to express why you can’t do it. This is why there are extended zones, and this is why there are just regular spots.”

Goins said he writes about 20 citations every month for handicap parking violations.

He also shared his personal connection to the Facebook post, saying he thought of his cousin when he saw it.

“Now when I see it, I think if he needed that spot, if we went somewhere and he needed a spot it wouldn’t be available,” Goins said. “He’s able to walk however, it just takes him a little longer. It would help out a lot of people would just follow this rule.”

Goins said drivers often violate the rules for parking in handicap spaces and that includes driving a vehicle with a handicap tag registered to someone else.

“There’s a person that it is issued to and that’s who it’s only valid for,” Goins said. “If it’s not on display, that’s another violation because how are we supposed to know that you’re supposed to be there or not. There are tons of handicap people that deserve the right to park in that space.”

Goins said drivers that violate the handicap parking regulations could face a fine or their vehicles could be towed. 

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