- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has designed a new placard that disabled drivers will use to gain access to designated parking spots.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (https://bit.ly/22DBmnP) the new design introduced by the state DMV will make it easier for law enforcement officers to determine when the placard has expired. DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas says the new placards are made of plastic that won’t break down like the cardboard placards.

The placard redesign was authorized by the General Assembly, which last spring passed a bill directing DMV to study ways to decrease misuse of placards issued to handicapped drivers. GOP Rep. Michael Speciale, the bill’s primary sponsor, said constituents had complained about seeing what appeared to be able-bodied people using placards to park in handicapped spots.

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Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com

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