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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2017
DMV Catches Disabled Parking Placard Abusers in Oxnard
Enforcement operation results in 12 citations
Oxnard – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued citations to 12 people during a July 19 enforcement operation targeting the illegal use of Disabled Person Parking Placards (DPPP) in Oxnard. This enforcement effort in the Oxnard/Ventura area brings the total number of citations issued from April to July of this year, to 65.
During the operation in and near the shopping center at 2001 North Rose Avenue, investigators caught 12 offenders fraudulently using DPPP, one of whom was driving without a valid driver license.
DPPP Offenders must appear in court to face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000. While the misdemeanor offense will appear on an offender’s driver record, no points will be assessed because it is not a moving violation.
The DMV proactively carries out these types of enforcement operations throughout the year in an effort to reduce the impact DPPP fraud has on the mobility of those with disabilities. The DMV also uses these enforcement efforts as a way to raise general awareness and educate Californians about the need for compliance and the consequences that come with violating the law.
The level of reported or observed misuse of DPPP varies from area to area. Most violations involve people using disabled parking placards issued to family or friends to avoid paying parking fees, as well as obtaining convenient and/or unrestricted parking. California Vehicle Code Section 4461(b) (c) prohibits anyone from lending their placard, knowingly permitting the use of their placard or allowing anyone else to use it while they are not present. In addition, a person shall not display a disabled person placard that was not issued to him or her or that has been canceled or revoked.
IMPORTANT: Some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse may be unfounded. The majority of Californians who apply for a DPPP have legitimate reasons for doing so.
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