Not Your Spot disabled parking campaign begins

| 20/06/2018

CNS Local Life(CNS Local Life): Rotary Central Cayman Islands has launched its “Not Your Spot” awareness campaign highlighting the correct use and importance of disabled parking spots. The campaign, which was started 14 June, aims not only to educate the public on the proper and improper use of disabled “blue spots” around the island, but also show why these parking spaces are so important to the people who have the rights to use them.

Susie Bodden, president of Rotary Central and executive leader of Special Needs Foundation Cayman, recognised the need to raise more awareness on what is becoming an increasing problem for Cayman’s disabled community, stated a press release. Last month, 11 tickets were handed out for illegally parking in disabled spaces, which comes with a $100 fine.

“It is imperative that Cayman’s community comes together on the issue of illegal parking in disabled spots,” Bodden said. “Disabled parking spots and blue badges are an essential service for Cayman’s disabled population, allowing ease of access to workplaces, shops and other basic required services.

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Susie Bodden

“Too often, disabled parking spaces across the island are taken by drivers without the blue badge who are failing to recognise the importance of these dedicated areas are for our disabled community. Not Your Spot will not only serve to educate the public on the implications of parking in one of these spots, but also what these parking spaces mean to those who need them most.”

The Not Your Spot campaign message will be communicated through radio, newspaper and digital advertising, as well as with printed flyers and posters. Rotary Central is supported on the project by media partner, DMS Broadcasting, and will also be working closely with the RCIPS to bring the message to the whole of Grand Cayman.

“Not all disabilities are visible and carers and family members of disabled people may have blue badges on their cars, too. With this in mind, we want to also remind people that it’s important to leave the enforcement of the proper use of disabled parking spots to the police,” Bodden said.

“If we each play our part by parking correctly and making sure we never park in a disabled spot, even if you are running late, or just nipping into the supermarket for a minute, we will be alleviating this ever-increasing issue. Your sixty-second trip can result in a sixty-minute trip for somebody who needs that parking spot.

“With proper implementation and education, incidents of illegal parking in disabled blue spots could be significantly reduced and the day-to-day lives of our disabled community made much easier. Not Your Spot is about respect, as well as bringing Cayman together to all help support our disabled community.”

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