New tip line un­veiled to re­port il­le­gal park­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

A new web­site and phone num­ber un­veiled Fri­day will let peo­ple in Arkansas re­port when they be­lieve ve­hi­cles are il­le­gally tak­ing park­ing spa­ces marked as re­served for those with dis­abil­i­ties.

A new law al­lowed for the cre­ation of “a mech­a­nism for a per­son to re­port the sus­pected mis­use of a dis­abled li­cense plate, dis­abled plac­ard, or a dis­abled park­ing space,” the Arkansas De­part­ment of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion said in a state­ment.

On the web­site, por­tal.dfa.­usePark­ing, users can de­scribe the ve­hi­cle in ques­tion, list the lo­ca­tion and up­load a photo. The tips also can be called in to (866) 667-2755.

The state­ment said the data through the pro­gram “will be col­lected to fur­ther the cause in ad­vo­cat­ing Arkansas Laws, ed­u­cat­ing those with park­ing priv­i­leges and those that con­tinue to vi­o­late the rights of Arkansans with dis­abil­i­ties.”

Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the De­part­ment of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said in­for­ma­tion re­ceived through the web­site and num­ber would first be for­warded on to law en­force­ment of­fi­cials in the area in ques­tion. Au­thor­i­ties then will de­cide if a ticket should be is­sued.

The state also will send a let­ter to the reg­is­tered owner of the ve­hi­cle listed on the tip if records show the ve­hi­cle is not li­censed for park­ing in the space.

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