By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught 167 out of 2,050 people fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 20 enforcement operations throughout the state during the month of March. 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 1,831 citations during 191 crackdown efforts, which is more than the total 1,625 citations they handed out during previous 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 March 2018:
|Date||City||Citations Issued||Drivers Contacted|
|3/5||Camarillo / Oxnard||7||56|
|3/6||Stockton (San Joaquin Delta College)||9||45|
|3/13||Glendale (Glendale Galleria)||20||143|
|3/29||North Highlands (Sacramento)||15||142|
Anyone who suspects a person might be misusing a disabled person placard is urged to report it using an online complaint formor 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.
Public awareness materials that can be downloaded at dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/dppp_outreach.