Police issue over $70,000 in fines during disability parking crackdown

By WEEK Reporter

Police issue over $70,000 in fines during disability parking crackdown

January 4, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Secretary of State Jesse White announced Friday that Secretary of State Police issued 166 citations totaling over $70,000 in fines during their crackdown on people who illegally park in disability parking spaces at local malls.

The enforcement started on November 23 and stretched through the end of December.

During that time, over a 100 disability placards were confiscated and over 8,000 placards were checked. According to White's office, 65 people were issued tickets for improper use of a disability space or not having a placard or plate. In addition, 92 people were issued citations for using someone else's placard or plate.

The fine for illegally using a placard or disability license plates without the authorized holder of those items is a maximum of $500. Parking in a space without a placard or plate can be a maximum $350 fine.

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