CHICAGO-- Secretary of State police say over 180 citations were given to people who illegally parked in handicapped parking spaces from Black Friday through December.
The initiative--called Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities--took place at 183 malls and stores statewide, including in the Peoria area.
According to the Secretary of State's office, 65 people were issued tickets for improper use of a disability parking space while 122 were cited with misuse of a disability parking placard or using someone else's placard.
Secretary of State Jesse White says the mission of the program was not to hand out tickets, but to ensure that disability parking spaces are available to those who truly need them.
"I'm pleased with the results of the disability parking enforcement efforts," said White. "Remember, if you don't belong there, don't park there."
White will be meeting with his Advisory Committee on Traffic Safety to improve road safety in Illinois and consider increased penalties for those who disregard traffic laws.
If you see someone misusing accessible parking spaces, you are urged to call (217) 785-0309.