By Adam Mertz
Oklahoma City, OK (KFOR/CNN) - A disabled Oklahoma City woman is fighting a ticket she received for parking in a handicap space.
She has a handicap tag, but it expired 12 years ago.
If she goes anywhere, Marsha Keith has her handicap placard, the same one issued to her in 1993.
So imagine her surprise when her husband found a $150 ticket on her windshield.
"I said how did you get a ticket for parking in a handicap parking when we put the placard on the windshield? He said the tag, the placard has expired and I said how does a permanent placard expire," said Keith.
But it hasn't been permanent in over a decade.
Oklahoma City police say a law passed in 1998 required everyone to renew the placards every five years, even the permanent ones.
"Before if you were issued one it was permanent. What they was found over time is that the placards were being abused or passed on," said Keith.
Police say in situations like this the fine is usually dropped if the handicap placard is just updated.
If parking enforcement saw that it was Marsha using the expired tag, police say there's a good chance she would have just been given a warning.
"Their job is not only enforcement it's education also," said Captain Don Martin.
Marsha just can't figure out how she never knew that her placard was no good. Now, she has to get it renewed or possibly pay a fine.
The state of Oklahoma spent two years notifying people about this law back in 1998.
Somehow the Keith family just slipped through the cracks.