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Drivers with Disabilities Will Get Help at the Pump with Modernized Law in Broward County

April 25, 2012
Source: Sun Sentinel

A law passed in Broward County requires gas stations to post a phone number on gas pumps or provide an intercom system so disabled drivers can ask for help refueling. A service station employee will be required to offer the help.

The countywide mandate is a step beyond requirements already found in state and federal law. Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), gas stations with more than one person working must help disabled drivers pump gas if they get the employees' attention by "honking or otherwise signaling."

Broward advocates for disabled veterans said making a phone call inside the service station would be easier.

Timothy Werner, an advocate with the Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida, told county commissioners that Hillsborough County passed the law recently, and he's taking the idea to Miami-Dade County next. Eventually he hopes all of Florida's 67 counties will adopt it.

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