My question is about the handicap parking laws in Texas, specifically Montgomery County, more specifically City Oak Ridge North and even more specifically Oak Ridge North High school, part of the Conroe, TX school district! A mouthful I know but due to the nature of my question, and the fact a school district and a high school and it's property are involved, I need to be very, very specific with my question!
SO to begin with, Oak Ridge North High school (which is part of the Conroe School district) has several parking places designated for handicap parking, but this question mainly pertains to the ones directly in front of their band hall. First of all NO ONE, including the Oak Ridge North police department, as well as any of the Montgomery County police departments OR even the School district police will enforce the handicap parking rules at this school! People are constantly parking there, including staff, facility, students and parents, WITHOUT a placard or handicap plates. When I questioned the school district police, they said they could not enforce the law, even though the handicap parking places are very CLEARLY marked! Their reasoning was that even though they are marked, there is no "Fine" posted, and so they could not enforce the law! They also told several of us that the school district is like a min-city, and therefore they couldn't do anything unless the school district administration approved them to do it!
TO make matters even worse, the band director at the school then went out and had signs made that stated facility COULD park in the handicap spaces themselves, between the hours of 8AM adn 4PM. This was done to clearly overrule the very clearly marked handicap spaces!
SO, my questions are: Is it true the police can't enforce the handicap parking law only because no "fine" is posted, and even though the handicap spaces are clearly marked and designated?
Number two, can simply putting another sign up OVER the existing handicap signs suddenly make the available to non-handicap parking. The new signs don't cover the old sings, they are just posted above them!
Sorry this was so long, but this has become a very heated issue!