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Wichita Police Seeking Volunteers To Enforce Accessible Parking Laws

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The Wichita Police Department is asking for the public’s help to monitor handicap accessible parking spots throughout the city.

The department is recruiting 40 volunteers—10 for each bureau—for its Accessible Parking Program. Volunteers will let police know when they see someone park illegally in spots reserved for people with disabilities, or in areas that block access zones. A sergeant could issue a ticket, which carries a fine of up to $100.

WPD Lt. James Espinoza said Tuesday that volunteers are performing an important civic duty.

“We’re gonna have some people out here who are making sure people are doing what they’re supposed to do," he said.

Espinoza said the department will collect numbers of enforcements over the next few months, and is hoping the program will decrease the number of accessible parking violations over time.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the program should visit the WPD's website.

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