January Crackdown on Disabled Person Parking Placards Results in 185 Citations

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2018

DMV issues 1,511 citations since July 1, 2017

Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued misdemeanor citations to 185 people caught fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 22 enforcement operations in January 2018. 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, 2017 to January 31, 2018, DMV investigators issued 1,511 citations to people fraudulently using disabled person placards during 172 enforcement operations. During fiscal year 2016/17, they handed out 1,625 citations.

Here are the results of the January 2018 enforcement operations:

DateCityCitations IssuedDrivers Contacted
1/9Modesto123
1/9Moreno Valley525
1/10Los Angeles (USC Medical Center)1652
1/11Moreno Valley736
1/11Santee10151
1/11Soledad630
1/16Fresno631
1/16San Bernardino/Redlands11273
1/17Palmdale1175
1/18Oxnard1460
1/19El Centro   32362
1/22San Francisco130
1/23Bakersfield531
1/23Fairfield026
1/24Chula Vista698
1/24Garden Grove244
1/24Los Angeles (Chesterfield Plaza)639
1/24San Marcos791
1/24Southgate9118
1/25Downey794
1/25Inglewood547
1/27Rancho Cordova1886
Totals:22 operations1851,822

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 here.

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