Aiken DPS responds to photo of patrol car in disabled-parking space

By: Staff
By: Staff
Photo posted by Michelle W. on News 12's Facebook page shows a patrol car in a disabled-parking space. (WRDW-TV)

Photo posted by Michelle W. on News 12's Facebook page shows a patrol car in a disabled-parking space. (WRDW-TV)

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- A News 12 viewer shared a photo of an Aiken Department of Public Safety patrol car parked in a disabled-parking space.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to the complaint. Below is the department's statement:

"Aiken Public Safety has investigated the photo recently posted on your Facebook Page, which shows one of our patrol cars parked in a handicap parking space. We were able to identify the officer assigned to this vehicle promptly due to the vehicle identification number on the right side of the bumper. The officer in question was not responding to a call or on official business at the time. The officer has been disciplined according to department policy and procedures.

Aiken Public Safety welcomes the public’s attention to our actions and as always looks for ways to improve our service and build our relationships within the Aiken Community."

Public Affairs Officer Lt. J.D. Jake Mahoney said in an email that "based on [his] experience with ADPS for the past 19 years, [the likelihood of someone getting a ticket if they were parked there] is extremely low.

[ADSP] interprets “clearly identified” as having the International Symbol of Accessibility properly painted and visible despite visibility, weather conditions, the time of day, and an actual sign to accompany the symbol. We train our officers to that standard."

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