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Bill Proposed to Protect Handicap Parking Spaces

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn.- Tennessee Lawmakers are fighting to protect handicap parking spaces from being misused.

A new bill has been proposed that would require disabled driver to have a photograph of themselves on their placard. Lawmakers said it would cost the state $60,000 to issue the new signs.

"I think it would be a great idea, and a very good use of tax payers money," said driver Peggy Hearberg.

Drivers told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they are unsure if the photo I.D.'s would help local police officers. The Jackson Police Department said they only issue five tickets a week for parking in handicap spaces.

"Is it worth it?, hmm, I don't know," said Sheila Earney.

The proposal would not cost any money for those permanently disabled, and would be issued the new card when they renew their current placard. The bill is set to be discussed again on March 13.