More on parking in cross-hatched areas

The in basket: Pete  Bookwalter of Bremerton and Mike, no last name given, noticed the Dec. 11 Road Warrior column about parking enforcement by Citizens on Patrol (COPs) , the cadre of Kitsap County Sheriff’s volunteers who write tickets for violating handicapped parking regulations, often in private lots.
“Surely our Kitsap County Sheriffs Office doesn’t patrol the parking lot of the private Wal-Mart,” said Pete. ” Or maybe that’s some sort of incentive from the city or  county to get Wal-Mart to locate in East Bremerton?  


The in basket: Pete  Bookwalter of Bremerton and Mike, no last name given, noticed the Dec. 11 Road Warrior column about parking enforcement by Citizens on Patrol (COPs) , the cadre of Kitsap County Sheriff’s volunteers who write tickets for violating handicapped parking regulations, often in private lots.
“Surely our Kitsap County Sheriffs Office doesn’t patrol the parking lot of the private Wal-Mart,” said Pete. ” Or maybe that’s some sort of incentive from the city or  county to get Wal-Mart to locate in East Bremerton?  
“My complaint is with enforcing paint stripes installed by the property owner,” Pete wrote. “Can that be allowed under some county ordinance that also allows ticketing of handicap parking violators (whom we all abhor)?  Something still doesn’t seem kosher. Say it isn’t so.”
Mike asked, “If the COPs are allowed to ticket individuals for parking in the cross-hatched areas, why is it that Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc. are allowed to place their wares or equipment in these areas. If you say its ‘private property,’ then these COPs should have no jurisdiction for these same areas. If there is an accident in these parking lots, the first thing the COP will say is they have no jurisdiction to ticket any one individual for at fault, but fill out a accident report within x number of hours.”
The out basket: Another Pete, Deputy Sheriff Pete Ball, supervises the Citizens on Patrol. He replies, “Law enforcement officers are specifically authorized by state law to enforce handicapped parking and some other traffic laws (including DUI, reckless driving and fire lanes) in private property parking lots.
“The cross-hatched areas that are adjacent to and clearly intended to be part of the handicapped spot access aisle are enforceable,” he said. “Other parking situations are (generally speaking) not enforceable except by the property owner. Although there are retailers that use these areas for things other than parking, we can only take enforcement action if they are blocking the handicapped access aisle with merchandise, vehicles, etc.

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