Handicap (lawful Or Unlawful)

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    I have a question. I saw a handicap parking space the other day and the gears in my head began to turn. It probably really doesn't matter on the gradner scale of things, but an interesting thought no less.

    If it is illegal for a non-handicap person to park in a handicap parking space, is it also illegal to use a handicap restroom stall? Or handicap ramp on a sidewalk?
     
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    You'd probably need to look at the state traffic code Brian and probably local (municipal or county) ordinances.

    I can't speak for your state but where I am the handicapped persons' parking spaces are on both private and public land. On private land the land owner (say a shopping mall) can designate the spaces. The spaces are protected by state law though, so someone who breaks the specific state law can be ticketed by police or by some other authority. In the public spaces set aside then the local authority or police can also ticket offenders.

    In my state it isn't illegal to use a handicapped persons restroom stall. Nor is it illegal to use a ramp on the footpath. Those things are provided as a courtesy, an acknowledgment of need. If someone used them deliberately to the exclusion of a handicapped person then it still wouldn't be an offence here, it would just be someone being obnoxious.
     
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    cool, great answer. As you know, this wasn't meant to be extremely serious, but I thought it would be interesting to hear what people had to say about it. I appreciate the response, there for a minute, I thougt it would be too stupid of a topic for anyone to respons. lol Have a good one man.
     
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    Cheers Brian :D
     
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    You should trust your instincts a little more. :cool:
     
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    Fair enough...(note, more humorous than serious) I guess I should have put it in the Humor section.
     
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    Did you fall off the face of the earth?
     
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    Away from humourless people like me :D
     
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    The sidewalk ramps make safe exits for bikes in need of a way round things and provide an easy place to get away from traffic on a narrow street. And they should be illegal for anyone to use except the handicapped as that will clear out those pesky pedestrians. :rofl:
     
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    I doubt that it is illegal for a non-handicapped person to use a restroom stall designated for the handicapped or for a non-handicapped person to use a “handicap” ramp. I think that it is discourteous but not technically illegal.
     

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