The mayor of Davenport Florida was arrested after she was caught using the handicapped parking permits from two dead people's indentities said the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Mayor Teresa Darlene Bradley was seen using handicap parking at her job by employees and that's when they tipped off Deputies about her suspicious parking.Deputies confirmed this and said they saw her use the parking permits many times when parking at City Hall. Witness's have turned in video of the Mayor leaving her vehicle with no handicap assistance and that she was to carry large brief cases from the trunk while walking into work.When authorities conducted a search at her house they stumbled upon two handicap placards which did not belong to her. One of the placards was issued to someone who died in 2012, and the other belonged to a person who died in 2015. Deputies are still uncertain how she obtained the handicap permits but police suspect not by the right means.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement, "We expect our elected officials to set the proper example,She not only violated the law; she embarrassed the citizens of Davenport with her illegal conduct.’” The Mayr faces charges of criminal use of a deceased person’s ID and possession of an altered/counterfeit decal but can not be replaced until she is charged with the crime,both of which are third-degree felonies. She is also being charged with wunlawful use of a handicapped placard/permitMayor.Bradley, who is 60 years old, was taken to the Polk County Jail and released after posting a $2,250 bond.
Within the law is section 4.6 Parking and Passenger Loading Zones. It is this section that set into motion the creation of parking spaces reserved for handicapped drivers. The law determined that the spaces needed to be on the shortest route to an entrance, which meant that they were the closest spaces to the business. It also determined that the spaces need to be wider than regular parking spaces with an aisle next to them, that the spaces cannot be on a steep slope and need to be designed as handicapped parking.The first version of the Americans with Disabilities Act was introduced to Congress in 1988.
It was a result of a report from the National Council on Disability two years earlier that recommended a comprehensive law that would require equal opportunities for disabled citizens. A second version of the ADA was introduced the following year as more amendments were made and other changes considered. The Senate passed their version on Sept. 7, 1989, and the House of Representatives passed its version on May 22, 1990. The two bills then had to be reconciled to make one comprehensive bill.