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Outrage as police car seen parked in handicapped spot

Public criticism grows after photo surfaces online; Parliament recently rejected proposal to increase fines for such violations


A photo posted on the Facebook page "The GAROS of the Day" showing a police car parked in a handicapped spot has sparked public outrage. The image, which quickly circulated online, drew sharp criticism of the police officer's actions, with many expressing their disappointment and offense.

The photo's caption read, "As we say, teacher (the police), you taught (us)," highlighting the irony of a law enforcement officer violating a law meant to protect disabled parking spaces.

The public reaction emphasizes the importance of adhering to parking regulations. The current fine for illegal parking in a disabled space is 300 euros, a rule that applies to everyone, including law enforcement.

On April 11, 2024, a significant majority in Parliament voted against a proposal to increase the fine for non-disabled persons parking in disabled spaces from 300 euros to 500 euros. The decision was met with mixed reactions, reflecting ongoing debates about the adequacy of penalties for such offenses.

This incident underscores the need for strict enforcement of parking laws and the example that law enforcement officers should set for the public.

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