The City of Cedar Hill has begun a new and innovative program to safeguard handicapped parking privileges within the City.
Responding to increasing complaints from retailers and citizens reporting abuse of parking spaces reserved for handicap use, the Municipal Court and Police Department have joined together to target unlawful parking.
Pursuant to Section 681.0101 of the Texas Transportation Code, on April 19 Municipal Judge Michael Petty administered the Oath of Office to seven civilian members of the Cedar Hill Citizens On Patrol organization. Each of the seven members appointed is a volunteer who serves without compensation other than the personal pride and satisfaction from giving back to their community.
After the completion of a period of training and instruction provided by the Court and Police Department, the seven will begin enforcing Texas laws on handicapped parking.
Equipped with digital cameras, police radios and ticket books the seven members of this pilot program then will patrol designated handicapped parking areas. Vehicles which do not display a valid handicap parking tag or license plate will be ticketed if found to be blocking, obstructing or occupying handicapped parking. The minimum fine $500.00 and can be as much as $1,200.