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December Crackdown on Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Results in 150 Citations

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Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 657–6437 | dmvpublicaffairs@dmv.ca.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2018

December Crackdown on Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Results in 150 Citations

Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued misdemeanor citations to 150 people caught fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 21 enforcement operations in December 2017. 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.

Statewide statistics: From July 1 to December 31, 2017, DMV investigators issued 1,326 citations to people fraudulently using disabled person placards during 150 enforcement operations. During fiscal year 2016/17, they handed out 1,625 citations.

Here are the results of the December 2017 enforcement operations:

Date City Citations Issued Drivers Contacted
12/5 Martinez 0 29
12/6 Concord 1 51
12/6 Roseville 4 150
12/6 Los Angeles (Fashion District) 12 138
12/7 Stockton (Delta College) 5 25
12/9 Livermore (Outlets) 5 35
12/10 Ontario Mills 7 153
12/10 Carson 13 57
12/11 San Jose (Downtown) 0 85
12/11 San Francisco 8 123
12/12 Fresno 4 20
12/12 Bakersfield 13 34
12/12 Brea Mall 6 54
12/12 Riverside and Moreno Valley 7 103
12/16 Orangevale 12 71
12/18 Chula Vista/National City 3 104
12/19 San Jose 13 106
12/19 Escondido 2 53
12/20 San Diego 5 275
12/20 Glendale (Galleria) 13 148
12/20 Sacramento 3 115
12/31 Carson 14 177
Totals: 21 operations 150 2,106

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.

Raising Public Awareness: Along with its enforcement efforts, the DMV offers the public downloadable educational materials, such as public service announcements, posters and brochures. They can be found at dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/dppp_outreach.


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