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June 25, 2013

S.A.F.E. Campaign coming to Norman

NORMAN — Too many people are finding the task of using the sidewalk a hazard. Worst affected are people with sight problems, wheelchair and mobility scooter users and parents with young children pushing strollers.

Now the “S.A.F.E.” (Sidewalks Are For Everyone) movement is under way in Norman to raise awareness of the hazards and challenges caused by blocked sidewalks.

Promoters said vehicles, trash cans and yard waste blocking the sidewalks are presenting a safety concern. They said people are often forced off the sidewalk and into the path of traffic, dodging whatever is blocking the sidewalk. Citizens are faced with difficulty navigating their way around the blockage.

The campaign has been launched by the Cleveland County disABILITY Coalition. The coalition is a collaboration of several agencies, community members, persons with disabilities and their family members.

The group’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities, to increase awareness of all disabilities, to identify community needs and to develop solutions to those need.

The S.A.F.E. Campaign is endorsed by the Norman Police Department.

The fine for blocking the sidewalk in Norman is $50 and increases to $75 after five days. The fine for parking in handicapped parking is $100 and increases to $150 after five days.

For more information on the Cleveland County disABILITY Coalition, call Renee O’Leary, United Way of Norman, at 329-2025.

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