60 citations issued during crackdown on illegal parking in disabled spots
SUN-TIMES MEDIA November 26, 2012 3:56PM
Updated: December 28, 2012 6:20AM
A total of 60 citations were issued to motorists who illegally parked in disability spots at shopping malls throughout the state over the holiday weekend.
Parking stings were conducted at Water Tower Place in Chicago, and the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, according to the secretary of state’s office. Secretary of State police also visited malls in Oak Brook, Orland Park, Geneva, Rockford and downstate.
Twenty-nine people received citations for improper use of a disability parking space or parking in a disability space without a placard or license plate, a statement from the secretary of state’s office said.
Citations also were issued to 28 people for misuse of a disability placard or using someone else’s placard. Of 1,925 placards checked, 29 were confiscated, the secretary of state’s office said.
The crackdown began Friday and will continue through December.
Motorists illegally using a placard or disability plates face a maximum fine of $500; and for a first offense, their driver’s license can be suspended for 30 days.
Drivers can face a maximum fine of $350 for parking in an accessible space without a placard or disability license.
Last year, police issued 187 citations, according to the secretary of state’s office. This is the seventh year of the holiday parking crackdown.