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Investigators Catch 195 Abusers of Disabled Parking Placards in June

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2017

Investigators Catch 195 Abusers of Disabled Parking Placards in June

Monthly statistics on enforcement efforts released

Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught 195 people fraudulently using Disabled Person Parking Placards (DPPP) during 28 enforcement operations carried out in June 2017.

Those issued misdemeanor citations must appear in court, face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000, and will have the offense recorded on their driver record. Investigators also confiscate the misused DPPP. The cases are forwarded to the local jurisdiction for prosecution.

The statewide crackdown is part of the DMV’s continuous efforts to ensure handicap parking spots are used by individuals who have legitimately obtained disabled parking placards to assist them with their mobility. It is important to point out that not all disabilities are visible and allegations of abuse may be unfounded.

Here are the results of the enforcement operations during the month of June:

Date City Citations Issued Drivers Contacted
6/6 South San Francisco 13 169
6/8 Livermore 4 18
6/8 Selma, Dinuba, and Sanger 9 66
6/10 Hawthorne 32 106
6/10 Brea 2 44
6/13 Santa Clara County 4 80
6/13 Otay Mesa/Chula Vista 5 55
6/15 Bakersfield 5 17
6/15 Salinas 4 36
6/16 Wheatland 7 88
6/16 Ceres 4 20
6/20 Ventura 18 70
6/21 Martinez 4 34
6/21 San Diego 1 33
6/21 Lancaster 21 60
6/23 Concord 20 273
6/23 El Centro 14 101
6/26 Sacramento 7 52
6/27 Roseville 5 135
6/27 Los Angeles 6 40
6/27 El Cajon 5 76
6/28 Santa Clara County 5 60
Totals:   195 1,633

From April 1 to June 30, 2017, DMV investigators have issued 747 citations during 49 enforcement operations throughout the state.

Individuals who suspect possible Disabled Person Parking Placard misuse are urged to submit a written complaint using form INV172A Record of Complaint, which can be found online at dmv.ca.gov or send an email to placard.misuse@dmv.ca.gov. Submissions are kept confidential.

It is helpful to include the vehicle information associated with the suspected placard misuse, as well as the placard number (if possible), location where the vehicle was parked and the date it occurred.

 


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