December Crackdown on Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Results in 150 Citations

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January 16, 2018

Sacramento – 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:

DateCityCitations IssuedDrivers Contacted
12/6Los Angeles (Fashion District)12138
12/7Stockton (Delta College)525
12/9Livermore (Outlets)535
12/10Ontario Mills7153
12/11San Jose (Downtown)085
12/11San Francisco8123
12/12Brea Mall654
12/12Riverside and Moreno Valley7103
12/18Chula Vista/National City3104
12/19San Jose13106
12/20San Diego5275
12/20Glendale (Galleria)13148
Totals:21 operations1502,106

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 here.


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