May Crackdown on Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Results in 133 Citations

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June 4 2018

DMV investigators have issued 2,345 citations statewide in past 11 months

Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught 133 out of 1,574 people fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 21 enforcement operations in May. 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 2,345 citations during 234 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 May 2018:

DateCityCitations IssuedDrivers Contacted
5/8Grass Valley192
5/10San Diego246
5/15Chula Vista6102
5/15Los Angeles24103
5/15Los Angeles546
5/15South San Francisco146
5/17Santa Clara794
5/19Marina del Rey7113
5/24San Diego8190
Totals:21 operations1331,574

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.  

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