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Where Not to Park

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You see these blue diagonal lines in parking lots around town.

But do you really know their purpose?

These are access aisles.

Areas that are reserved exclusively for those who have a disability permit and need extra space for a mobility device, lift, or ramp.

The Dakota Center for Independent Living says many people are using these as an accessible parking space ...and that has become a continued concern.

It's also illegal.

The agency's Executive Director, Royce Schultze understands this first hand and says there needs to be more awareness that these spaces are designed only for people with disabilities.

"There is no ADA guidelines saying that there has to be a marking for the diagonal striping for no parking. But I think it's just a lack of awareness that people need to know they're used for ramps and lifts for people to get out of their vans," says Royce Schultze, Executive Director, Dakota Center for Independent living.

No one is permitted to park in an access aisle even if the vehicle displays a permit.

If a vehicle is occupying any portion of this space, the driver will be fined.

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