Speech to Text for Enforcing accessible parking spots
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a freeborn county man wants there to be stronger enforcement when it comes to handicap parking spots around the courthouse. he says people are ignoring the (very visible signs. kimt news 3's annalisa pardo joins us live this morning from albert lea with his concerns. arielle and tyler, outside the broadway street entrance of the freeborn county government center, this is the only handicap accessible parking spot. it's for people who need it, but we're learning those who (don't, are using it. steve steele sometimes uses a wheel chair because of health conditions... and says the handicap accessible spot on broadway in front of the county courthouse often has cars without the proper identification. it's parked right where the people would come with a wheel chair. while kimt was at the scene, the handicap spot was open, but a car parked, blocking the accessible entry way to the sidewalk. and it's marked that they shouldn't be parked there, but they don't do a thing about it. an upsetting sight to see for steele. it's so illegal and it's so difficult for a handicap person. he wants more enforcement for the spot outside the county government's center. but it's not up to the county to enforce it. that would be the city of albert lea. that is a state controlled highway in the city of albert lea. so we went to the city. albert lea city officials tell me they addressed complaints of people abusing the parking by adding this sign to make the spot more the city also says when they get a phone call about a person wrongfully parking in this spot, they give a citiation. the fine for this is two hundred dollars. there are also 2 handicap accessible parking spots that are under "the freeborn county sheriff's" watch.