A relative recently told me of a friend of hers who routinely parks in handicapped spaces just because they are more convenient. What is it with people who try to sneak into parking spaces that are reserved for people with handicaps? Are they simply too lazy to walk the extra distance that the other spaces might require? Do they think these reserved spaces are some kind of benefit provided to the undeserving that unfairly discriminates against them? Do they resent anyone being given a privilege that is not also available to them?
Handicapped parking spaces usually work on the honor system in that no one checks that the user has the right to use it before they enter the space, though police may spot-check parked cars to see if there is at least a permit on display. But this does not help the person who arrives and finds the spaces already illegally taken.
But at a NASCAR event in Sonoma County, the organizers have taken a much more pro-active approach to preventing abuse. Not only must people show their permit before they are allowed to park, their IDs are also checked to see if the permit is valid and corresponds to someone in the car, since people sometimes use a permit assigned to someone else.