To the editor:
Like many men and women my age, I found it necessary to undergo total knee replacement three months ago. The recovery is a long and difficult one. Due to the time and difficulty in regaining my mobility, my surgeon authorized a temporary handicap parking placard, but it seems like it may go virtually unused.
The reason isn’t that there are too few handicap spaces, though there are, or that too many people are getting the placards. It’s because so many people use a family member’s placard when the person it was authorized for isn’t with them. Maybe they are in too big a hurry (no excuse) or are too lazy to walk a few feet.
I’ve seen people park in a handicap space and literally run into a store. I’ve seen people park in such a reserved space who had no trouble walking all over the store once they got inside and walk back to the handicap space with no apparent difficulty.