Handicap Symbol

Handicap parking spaces are known to be occupied 30% of the time by people who are not really handicapped. This is because of the fact that these spaces are conveniently found nearer buildings and are usually vacant. What some people do not realize, when they take these specially designated spaces, is that they are violating the rights of those with special needs.

This particular dilemma has brought about an ingenious idea, which was launched in a number of shopping malls in Russia, and is helping educate people as well as giving those who need these spaces their rights back. A non-profit organization fitted these parking spaces with special projectors that show an image of a person in a wheelchair whenever a vehicle that is not authorized to park in that spot attempts to use it. How do they do this?

These slots have a special camera that tries to detect the disability sticker or badge on a vehicle. If it catches sight of one, the hologram does not show. If the vehicle does not have the sticker however (which is usually attached to the front and rear windshield of the vehicle), the hologram activates and a voice tells the vehicle to stop. The image is so crisp and so realistic, that the vehicle will indeed stop to see why there is a person in a wheelchair in the parking spot they were about to park in.

This might be a good idea in the US, although some people may argue that it is not. The arguments that arise about the use of this kind of an eye-opening tool for educating people to the proper use of handicap parking spaces include the fact that some Americans won't care if there is a hologram of a disabled person there or not. As long as they are not running over a real person, and the hologram does stop after a while, they will park where they will. Other people say that there are also individuals who have handicap stickers on their vehicles even when they are not handicapped or are not conveying one when they use these slots.

Some people however see this as a great way to get people to sit up and take notice. This kind of shock and awe kind of teaching may indeed help some people understand that these spaces are indeed for people with special needs, and the hologram shows that. If they do not take heed of the handicap parking signs and the painted parking spot, then the image of a person in a wheelchair should drive that message home.

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