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Fraudulent Use of Disabled Person Parking Placards Results in 135 Citations


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November 8, 2017

Fraudulent Use of Disabled Parking Placards Results in 135 Citations

Statistics released on DMV enforcement operations in October

Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued misdemeanor citations to 135 people caught fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 23 enforcement operations in October 2017. Offenders must appear in court to face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000.

The DMV carries out numerous enforcement operations every month throughout the state in an effort to reduce the impact that disabled person parking placard fraud has on the mobility of those with disabilities. It is important to note that some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse may be unfounded.

Here are the results of the October enforcement operations:

Date City Citations Issued Drivers Contacted
10/5 Chico 6 85
10/10 Lancaster 12 75
10/10 Los Angeles 10 52
10/11 Cerritos/Lakewood (2 operations) 4 46
10/12 Covina (2 operations) 10 110
10/12 Laguna Niguel 3 66
10/17 Oxnard 17 62
10/18 Patterson 7 52
10/19 Central Los Angeles 9 83
10/19 Fresno 4 23
10/19 Gilroy 4 60
10/19 Fairfield 3 24
10/20 Sacramento 2 121
10/22 Carson 13 129
10/24 Bakesfield 3 27
10/24 Chula Vista 5 79
10/24 San Diego 2 86
10/25 El Cajon 8 146
10/25 Colma 5 135
10/25 Riverside 6 129
10/26 Mountain View 2 72
Totals:   135 1,622

The DMV launched a statewide campaign to educate Californians about the need for compliance and the consequences that come with violating the law. DMV investigators have been making contact with more drivers to ensure placards are being properly used and to raise awareness about misuse.

Statewide statistics: From July 1 to October 31, 2017, DMV investigators issued 1,005 citations to people fraudulently using disabled person placards during 97 enforcement operations. During fiscal year 2016/17, they handed out 1,625 citations.

Anyone who suspects a person may 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.  

    Soundbite and B-Roll:
    (Jaime Garza – DMV Spokesperson / b-roll location – Sacramento)

Raising Public Awareness: Along with raising awareness of disabled person placard abuse through its enforcement efforts, the DMV also is distributing printable/downloadable educational materials, such as public service announcements, posters and brochures that can be found on the DMV website at



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