Local Driver Fighting for Parking Space

June 5, 2003
Posted at: 8:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- One Jonesboro man is armed with the letter of the law in fighting for handicapped parking spaces in town.

Like his four-wheel drive truck, Jimmy Ashley, has a bold, confident attitude. With special tools inside to help it's handicapped owner, Ashley's truck rolls with the big boys on the road.

"I need an extra couple of feet to have room to get my chair in there," Ashley said of his vehicle.

The only thing that irritates him more than the rising price of gas for his truck is what he sees almost every time he tries to find a parking space. He says he regularly finds drivers who are not only disrespectful but who are also breaking the law.

"No tag, no handicap placard," Ashley says of a car parked downtown Thursday. "That one is illegally parked."

Ashley often asks people who have handicapped ID's that belong to their handicap family members why they're using the spot. Unless the handicapped family member is in your car, Ashley says, it's illegal to park in a handicapped spot.

"You can't do it, you just can't do it," he said.