By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued misdemeanor citations to 150 people caught fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 21 enforcement operations in December 2017. 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 to December 31, 2017, DMV investigators issued 1,326 citations to people fraudulently using disabled person placards during 150 enforcement operations. During fiscal year 2016/17, they handed out 1,625 citations.
Here are the results of the December 2017 enforcement operations:
|Date||City||Citations Issued||Drivers Contacted|
|12/6||Los Angeles (Fashion District)||12||138|
|12/7||Stockton (Delta College)||5||25|
|12/11||San Jose (Downtown)||0||85|
|12/12||Riverside and Moreno Valley||7||103|
|12/18||Chula Vista/National City||3||104|
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 at dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/dppp_outreach.