By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued citations to 145 people caught fraudulently using Disabled Person Parking Placards (DPPP) during 26 enforcement operations carried out in August 2017.
Those issued misdemeanor citations must appear in court, face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000, and will have the offense recorded on their driver record. Investigators also confiscate the misused DPPP. The cases are forwarded to the local jurisdiction for prosecution.
The statewide crackdown is part of the DMV’s continuous efforts to ensure handicap parking spots are used by individuals who have legitimately obtained disabled parking placards to assist with their mobility. It is important to point out that not all disabilities are visible and allegations of abuse may be unfounded.
Here are the results of the August enforcement operations:
|Date||City||Citations Issued||Drivers Contacted|
|8/9||San Francisco (AT&T Park)||8||259|
|8/10||Santa Clara County||3||84|
|8/15||Lancaster – 2 operations at E. Avenue J||17||72|
|8/23||Bakersfield (Bakersfield College)||7||26|
|8/23||Beverly Hills – 3 operations (N. Camden / Wilshire Blvd. / Brighton Way)||3||51|
|8/23||Los Angeles – 3 operations (S. Hope Street / W. Slauson / Central)||13||85|
From April 1 to August 31, 2017, DMV investigators issued 1,062 citations during 99 enforcement operations throughout the state.
Anyone who suspects a person may be misusing a Disabled Person Parking Placard is urged to report it using an online complaint form or by contacting their local DMV Investigations office. Submissions are confidential.
It is helpful to include the vehicle information associated with the suspected placard misuse, as well as the placard number (if possible), location where the vehicle was parked and the date it occurred.