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DDOT working to install 1,100 meters for disabled

Tuesday - 3/13/2012, 11:57am  ET

WASHINGTON - The District Department of Transportation is working to install 1,100 more parking meters for handicapped drivers in the city after advocates complained there weren't enough red-topped meters to meet demand.

Earlier this month, 400 of the meters reserved for the disabled were installed but DDOT spokeswoman Monica Hernandez tells The Washington Examiner ( http://bit.ly/xPgeXG) that the plan install more meters needed to be accelerated after it became clear that initial batch of meters wasn't enough. Officials say by the middle of next month, 9 percent of the city's parking meters will be reserved for the handicapped.

Handicapped drivers in Washington used to park for free but the city changed its policy because of an excessive number of drivers using fake or expired handicap placards to avoid paying for parking.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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