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April Crackdown on Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Results in 381 Citations

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2018

April Crackdown on Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Results in 381 Citations

DMV investigators have issued 2,212 citations statewide in past 10 months

Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught 381 out of 4,951 people fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 22 enforcement operations in April. Investigators confiscated the placards and issued each offender a misdemeanor citation that carries a $250 to $1,000 fine. The violation will also appear on their driver record. 

Since July 1, 2017, DMV investigators have issued 2,212 citations during 213 crackdown efforts, which is significantly more than the 1,625 citations they handed out during the 2016/17 fiscal year.

The DMV carries out as many as 24 enforcement operations each month in an effort to reduce the impact disabled person parking placard fraud has on the mobility of those with disabilities.

Here are the results of enforcement operations during April 2018:

Date City Citations Issued Drivers Contacted
4/3 Salinas 6 64
4/4 Porterville 4 63
4/5 Pittsburg 10 139
4/10 Oceanside 2 64
4/11 Marina Del Rey 10 106
4/11 Orangevale 6 70
4/11 Pomona 10 82
4/12 Stockton 4 30
4/13-4/15 Coachella Mustic Festival - Indio 55 1105
4/16 Los Angeles 13 70
4/16 Madera 3 78
4/17 Chula Vista 6 79
4/17 San Diego 6 172
4/17 Valencia 11 60
4/17 Willows 6 105
4/19 Irvine 6 25
4/19 Santa Barbara 3 20
4/20-4/22 Coachella Music Festival - Indio 100 884
4/25 Alhambra 8 78
4/25 South Gate 5 52
4/26 Santa Clara 1 64
4/27-4/29 Stagecoach Music Festival - Indio 106 1541
Totals: 22 operations 381 4,951

 

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.  

Public awareness materials that can be downloaded at dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/dppp_outreach.

 

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