DMV News Release: 1/15/2019

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January 15, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2019

Disabled Parking Placard Enforcement Catches 132 Abusers in December

Investigators cite more than 1,000 offenders in six months

Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught 132 people misusing disabled person parking placards during 19 enforcement operations in December. Offenders had their placard confiscated and face fines that range from $250 to $1,000.

Since July 1, 2018, DMV investigators have verified 10,317 disabled person parking placards and found 1,013 being misused.

The DMV holds as many as 24 enforcement operations each month throughout the state targeted at curbing disabled person parking placard abuse.

The following results are from enforcement operations held in December 2018:

           Date             City                             Citations Issued              Drivers Contacted*

         12/4                 Fresno                                   6                               75

         12/5                 Atwater                                  5                                25

                                Glendale Galleria                     11                              85

                                Redwood City                          5                                95

                                Rohnert Park                           4                                50

         12/6                 Irvine                                       3                               40

                               Los Angeles                              4                               12                                                                                                                                              

         12/11               Hawthorne                               12                              119

                                Ontario/RanchoCucamonga       11                              298                                                                                          

                                 Oxnard                                   11                               62

          12/12               Oceanside                               7                               119

                                  Pico Rivera                             8                                95

                                  San Diego                              11                              145

           12/13               Livermore                                3                                64

           12/17               Bakersfield                              8                                85

                                  Chula Vista                              7                                96

                                   Pomona                                 10                               75

            12/19               Elk Grove                                2                               106

                                   Marysville                               4                               75

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            Total:              19 operations                        132                            1,721

*Drivers Contacted is the number of people DMV investigators contacted in order to verify their disabled person parking placard.

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 a 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.

CONTACT US

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Ingrid Bedrosian, Executive Director
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