Police in West Central Illinois will be on the lookout this weekend for cars illegally parked in accessible parking spots.
For the ninth year in a row, officers will conduct stings at shopping malls around the state, says disability liaison Bill Bogdan.
He says they’ll be looking for anyone illegally parking in handicap spaces and illegally using disability placards.
“These accessible spaces are essential for people with disabilities to go about their business, says Bogdan.
“When people blatantly abuse those spaces, it makes it difficult for persons with disabilities to get out, do their shopping or go on throughout the day.”
Bogdan adds that illegal parking violations in handicap spots seem to occur more often this time of year.
“We see that there is a greater potential for people to want to abuse those parking spaces,” says Bogdan.
“If they are open they feel they will be in and out in five to ten minutes. We see an uptick of abuse during the holiday season.”
Anyone caught misusing a disability parking placard faces having their driver’s license suspended. Parking in a handicap space without a placard or license plate can mean a fine as high as $350.