03 Oct 2022

'Back in 5' campaign in Carlow to highlight 'selfish behaviour of some motorists'

Campaign is based on a Lisbon experiment in Portugal in 2014

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The Irish Wheelchair Association's will be on in Carlow in September

Carlow's "Back In 5" Campaign is set for Friday, September 7 at the Shamrock Plaza from 9.30am to 11.30am.

The campaign is based on the Lisbon experiment in Portugal in 2014, which was designed to highlight the frustrations people with disabilities face every day when able-bodied people park their cars in wheelchair accessible spaces without valid parking permit or reason to do so.
This campaign - organised by the Irish Wheelchair Association - is taking place across the country. In Carlow the event will be supported by the Gardaí as part of their operation enable.

Organisers will hold a number of car spaces, with an empty chair parked in the space and a note pinned to it with the message, and there is a list of excuses for the Carlow area.

These include:

"Be Back in 5 Minutes"

"Have to lodge money""Have to collect prescription"

"Have to get medication"

"Just waiting for someone"

"I will move if a disabled  person comes"

"Just waiting for another parking space"

"I had no where else to park"

The traffic warden for the area has also been notified of dates and times of the campaign.

Cllr Will Paton said: "The whole idea behind the 'Back in 5' campaign is to be an intentional and imaginative response to the often thoughtless and selfish behaviour of some motorists who think it is OK to park in a disabled bay without the correct permit, depriving disabled drivers of safe, convenient access to parking spaces reserved for them. 

"As a collective motorists need to be more aware of the inconvenience their selfish actions can cause to others.  Such behaviour is unacceptable. The 'Back in 5' campaign highlights the excuses used by some motorists to justify bad manners." 

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