SHERWOOD, Ark. – With Christmas now one week away, holiday shopping becomes busier than ever.
Sometimes that means handicapped parking spots get taken by people in a rush and who have no permit.
The Sherwood Police Department (SPD) is making it a priority by cracking down on offenders.
“We’ve got officers in parking lots constantly rotating through,” says Sgt. Keith Wilson with the SPD.
Officers are not just cruising around the parking lots, they’re actively checking to see who’s parked in the handicapped spots. Anyone who’s caught faces a fine.
“Someone parked in it, he spoke with them, asked if they had a handicapped placard, they didn’t, come to find out the person has a warrant out for their arrest,” Sgt. Wilson adds. “If you’re up to no good, they’re probably more than a handicapped violation.”
The Walmart parking lot is one example where violators have been found. Another is at Academy Sports, where officers found a stolen car parked in a handicapped spot. Police say the driver was also caught with drug paraphernalia.
“If you see it, call us, we’ll come look at it,” continues Sgt. Wilson.
With officers making the stepped up patrols, the SPD says they have not had a purse snatching or car break-in this holiday season.