I was a little shocked at the letter titled “Drivers of disabled don’t need spot.” As a husband of a paraplegic, I find it extremely inappropriate that someone outside of the disabled community to throw stones at someone within the disabled community. During the seven years that my wife has been paralyzed, I have never encountered criticism from a disabled individual for my parking in a disabled spot when I take my wife somewhere. In the author’s own town of Snohomish, there are only four disabled spots in the entire downtown area, an area that I frequent; most of the time we don’t get to park in the disabled spots because they’re full.
The author says the parking spots are meant for drivers. While I admit that this could be a way to interpret RCW 46.19, there is no language of intention for who drove the vehicle stated within the law. She is reading her “intention” into what the law says. I know that I am accused by the author of being “thoughtless and selfish” for daring to park in a disabled stall. However, sometimes people have children who are disabled. I doubt that the author thought of the circumstance where a parent would leave their disabled child unattended in public while they look for a parking spot!
I advise the author to think a little more before adding your input to a situation where frankly, her criticism and opinion hold very little water. It doesn’t help anyone to make an issue where there really isn’t one to begin with. You’re one of a very small minority who has a problem with this. If you think of it this way, by me parking in a disabled stall, I’m leaving one more regular stall open for everyone else. Even the author.