One of the benefits of being a blogger is that I can air my aggravations and be done with them.
For instance, one of our "sometimes" coffee drinkers is a man whose wife died over a year ago. He saw no reason to turn in her "Handicapped Parking Placard". This was not an oversight. He feels that he is entitled to keep it.
Honesty compels me to admit that this is rarely a problem in Eaton Rapids. Land is cheap, parking lots are expansive and I rarely see all of the handicapped parking spaces filled. It is more about the principle of the thing.
I suspect that there is no mechanism at the Secretary of State's office to identify holders of placards and handicapped license plates who no longer need them, i.e., died.
The State of Michigan makes a half-hearted stab at controlling the number of placards out there by issuing them for a four year period. But then they allow them to be renewed an indefinite number of times, no pulse required, the only requirement being that the check not bounce.
"Permanent placards may be renewed up to 45 days before the placard's expiration date or up to six months early if the applicant will be out of state during the renewal period or has other good reason for renewing early. There is no renewal fee. A physician's statement is not required for renewals." Source
This condition would be easy enough to fix if there was sufficient political will. The placards could be issued annually when licenses are renewed. A doctor's (or chiropractors, or physician's assistant or nurse practicioner's) signature could be required for renewal. Further, the color could change every year to facilitate enforcement.
Those suggestions are very basic fraud control measures.
It really comes down to what best serves the disabled community. Does the aggravation of not being able to use the parking slots at the drug store, and doctor's office and the courthouse outweigh the burden of getting your medical provider to do their job?