Warning to any Buffalo Bills fans who think it might be a swell idea to park illegally in handicapped-parking spaces at Ralph Wilson Stadium:
More than 400 handicapped-parking permits have been confiscated from fans using them illegally over the past 11 years at the stadium, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said.
The sheriff’s office uses a mobile computer that helps track whether or not an individual is authorized to use a specific handicapped-parking permit. The program typically deals with newly issued permits that display the last three digits of the driver’s license or non-driver’s ID.
First-time violators are fined between $50 and $75, plus a $30 surcharge.
“Parking illegally in spaces marked for the disabled not only inconveniences mobility of impaired individuals but also threatens their safety,” Howard stated, in asking people not to park illegally in these designated spaces.