DMV Issues 207 Citations During Statewide Crackdown On Disabled Placard Scofflaws

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May 27, 2011

SACRAMENTO –Investigators issued 207 citations during a sweeping, statewide crackdown Thursday of disabled license plate and placard scofflaws, the Calif. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today.

The daylong operation involved more than 200 DMV investigators who spanned several regions of the state in a planned response to increased complaints from the public.

“Fraudulent use of a disabled parking license plate or placard is a crime that is not only costly, but inconsiderate,” said George Valverde, director of the California DMV. “These scofflaws make it difficult for legitimate owners of these plates and placards to find much-needed parking.”

Department officials noted that the citations are considered misdemeanors; and, carry bail amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000 for a first offense and up to $3,500 for a subsequent offense. Additional costs may vary, depending upon the jurisdiction where the citation was issued.

Investigative teams covered several high-volume areas, including, (but not limited to) shopping mall parking lots, universities and colleges, business districts, and generally any heavy-populated locations where DMV’s Investigations Division has received a majority of complaints from the public.

Following in parentheses are citations issued in specific regions:


    San Francisco Bay Area (17)			              
    (San Francisco, Hayward)				          
    
    Central California: (27)				         
    (Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton)			         
    
    Northern Region: (39)				             
    (Roseville, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Vallejo);	
    
    Inland Region  (28)					             
    (Riverside, San Bernardino)				         
                                
    Valley Region: (30)
    (Granada Hills, Lincoln Park, Ventura)


    Southern Region (19)
    (San Diego, Mission Valley, Chula Vista)
    
    Orange County Region (16)
    (Anaheim, Irvine)
    
    Midland Region (14)
    (El Monte, West Covina, LA Metro)
    
    Pacific Region (17)
    (Artesia, Southbay, Culver City)

DMV Investigators also conducted sweeps of its headquarter campus in Sacramento and found no violations.

Disabled placards -- It is illegal to:

  • Lend your DP placard to another person. DP placards are not transferable
  • Forge a physician’s signature to obtain a DP placard
  • Use someone else’s DP placard
  • Possess or display a counterfeit placard
  • Provide false information to obtain a placard
  • Alter a placard or a placard identification card

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With the new “DMV NOW” Smartphone applications for the Android and iPhone, customers on the go are now able to make appointments, find a local field office, and take sample driving tests among many other options.

And, customers making advance appointments will automatically receive a courtesy reminder call three days in advance of their scheduled appointment. DMV’s “Appointment Notify” telephone system reminds customers about the date, time, field office location and type of appointment.

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