The current lift has a 495 lb. gross weight stress rating. Some visitors have violated that limit and used the lift, anyway, causing damage to state property and causing compliant visitors to also be turned away until a repair is made.
John High could easily be accommodated, by using a lighter weight wheelchair. But he wants to use his heavy machine. And he insists that the state has to accommodate his preference and convenience. If he weighs 150 lbs., he can have a machine weighing more than 300 lbs. But if he weighs over 300 lbs., then he has to compensate with a lighter chair or lose weight.
In many parts of the state we have bridges and roads with weight restrictions. I don't think any of us are suing the state, claiming that we ought to be able to drive heavier autos....
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...