Fines may help

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

A let­ter from Wayne Flint about his dif­fi­cul­ties re­gard­ing the en­force­ment of laws re­lat­ing to mo­bil­ity parks in Porirua [ Kapi Mana News, Novem­ber 6] high­lighted an im­por­tant is­sue that is not go­ing to go away eas­ily in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

I used to won­der while I dragged my­self across the car park with my walking stick or drove my car around the block three times be­fore I gave up hope of at­tend­ing a meet­ing or shop­ping, why able-bod­ied peo­ple who could walk a few ex­tra me­tres had taken a park that I needed.

Now I think that it is pos­si­ble that a $150 fine, when the law is en­forced, will change the be­hav­iour of a few trans­gres­sors. What is most needed is even more com­pas­sion in the whole com­mu­nity. More un­der­stand­ing, of the con­stant re­al­i­ties of the lives of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, would make a big­ger dif­fer­ence.

No-one can be sure that they will never join our ranks. I’m glad there are al­ready many peo­ple who do leave dis­abil­ity parks for

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