Handicap Driver Gets Handicap Ticket

A handicapped driver gets ticketed for parking in a handicap spot. Her car has a handicap license plate. Sandie Yeman said, “I can’t believe I got a ticket.”

About three months ago she parked in a handicap spot outside a west Omaha store. When she came out and saw the ticket she started the process to get it dismissed. Sandie claims a manager for Omaha’s volunteer parking patrol promised the ticket would be dismissed. Since then that manager retired and the ticket inadvertently remained on the books.

The Yeman’s received a letter warning them to pay the ticket or husband Paul could have his license suspended because he’s the registered owner of the vehicle. Paul Yeman said, “I don’t need that kind of grief. The fine is substantial but losing a license means reinstatement and a mark on your record.”

Six On Your Side had the Yemans meet with City Prosecutor Marty Conboy who dismissed the handicap parking ticket. Conboy told the Yemans “As soon as its approved by the judge the record will be sent to Lincoln and to the DMV and that will take care of all your problems. You won’t have to appear in court and there won’t be any suspension.”

The Department of Motor Vehicles website states that a handicap license plate can be obtained in addition to a handicap parking permit. That could be interpreted as meaning both are needed. However a DMV manager told Six On Your Side that if you have valid handicap plates those are enough to legally park in a handicap spot.

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