Local woman spreading the word on accessible parking *update


Photo: Accessibility activist Lori Slater is encouraging residents to be on the lookout for those illegally parked in an accessible parking area – file photo.

If you don’t want to be in their place, don’t park in their space.

That’s the message that accessibility activist Lori Slater is spreading throughout Fort St. John.

On Wednesday’s Issues and Answers, Slater discussed the implications of parking in an accessible parking spot. She also announced that December is Accessible Parking Awareness Month.

Slater says most of the times, businesses lose customers when an accessible parking spot is used by someone who doesn’t need it.

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At a previous city council meeting, councilors voted unanimously to support a placard campaign that would promote accessible parking.

Slater, along with The Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee, designed a red placard that reads, "Imagine being in our place, please don’t park in our space."

This card can be put on the windshield of a vehicle illegally parked in an accessible area.

Slater says people shouldn’t use those parking spots, even for a short period of time.

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Slater says she will be meeting with local businesses during December to promote the campaign.

She also says the term "accessible" is used because the term "handicapped" has a negative connotation.

To get some windshield placards, call Lori Slater at 250-787-1912