State cracks down on abuse of disabled parking placards

From MGN

California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is cracking down on people taking advantage of disabled parking placards.

Investigators issued 171 misdemeanor citations across the state in November. Those people were caught fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 27 enforcement operations in November.

Offenders must appear in court to face possible fines ranging from $250 to $1,000.

The DMV carries out numerous enforcement operations throughout the state every month in an effort to reduce the impact disabled person parking placard fraud has on the mobility of those with disabilities.

Two Northstate cities were included in the enforcement operations. In Redding officers contacted 70 drivers, four of whom were issued citations.

In Red Bluff, officers contacted 75 drivers, five of whom were issued citations.

Anyone who suspects a person might be misusing a disabled person placard is urged to report it using an online complaint form or by contacting their local DMV Investigations office.

Submissions are confidential. It is important to note that some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse might be unfounded.

From July 1 to November 30, 2017, DMV investigators issued 1,176 citations to people fraudulently using disabled person placards during 124 enforcement operations. During fiscal year 2016/17, they handed out 1,625 citations.