Accessible parking crusade a hit in Fort St. John


Photo: The accessible parking placard campaign has been a huge success in Fort St. John – file photo.

A local accessibility activist says an awareness campaign held in December has "taken on a life of its own."

Lori Slater says it all started when the City proclaimed December as Accessible Parking Awareness Month.

Then, the Mayors Disability Advisory Committee designed placard cards that read, "If you don’t want to be in my place, please don’t park in my space." The cards are meant to be placed on windshields of vehicles illegally parked in accessible parking areas.

Slater says the placards are bringing awareness to Fort St. John residents. She says one lady even vowed to stop illegally parking in front of the local Post Office on 101st Avenue.

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Slater adds the placards have inspired some community members to adapt a ‘people policing people’ crusade.

Although Slater says she’s astounded by the campaign’s success, she says she wishes the plan was implemented earlier.

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Anyone interested in obtaining a placard can call Lori Slater at 250-787-1912.