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Patrolling for Abuses of Disabled Placards in Phoenix

January 15th, 2019|

PHOENIX (CBS 5) – Disabled parking placards are issued to drivers or their caretakers so they don’t have to travel far when they go from place to place.

Unfortunately, some people have been abusing this privilege and are using the placard fraudulently.

Stanley Roberts went out with the Accessibility Compliance Enforcement Division of the Phoenix Police Department looking for people misusing disabled placards.

In some cases, people have altered the date on temporary placards.

If caught, the person could be issued a $564 fine. If a driver parked in a disabled spot with an expired or no placard at all, that comes with a $290 fine.

This is part one of a three-part series on disabled placard abuse.

Read the azfamily.com article and watch the news segment.

1 in 10 Disabled Parking Placards Being Misused, 2 Investigates

January 14th, 2019|

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) – On a brisk morning before the sun rises in Oakland, a group of investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles set their sights on disabled parking spaces and placards, hoping to send a message that misuse and abuse of the placards is not only against the law, but prevents those with actual disabilities from getting a close place to park.

Read the KCBA-FOX 35 article and watch the news segment.

Gary ‘Tiger’ Balletto Addresses Handicapped Parking Issues

November 26th, 2018|

Former boxing champion and Cranston resident Gary “Tiger” Balletto is fighting a new opponent these days: ignorance.

In a photo posted to his Facebook page that has gone viral, Balletto shows a Jeep that was parked in the painted line area next to a handicapped spot, where he was parked, inside the garage at the Providence Place Mall Sunday.

“I think a lot of people are not totally aware of that’s what the lines are there for,” Balletto told NBC 10 News Monday evening. “It’s equivalent to a handicapped parking space. It’s the same thing.”

Read the Nov. 26, 2018 article by NBC-WJAR Providence.

Holiday Shoppers Warned to Think Twice Before Snagging Handicapped-Accessible Parking

November 25th, 2018|

You might be in a hurry this holiday season but if you park in a handicapped parking spot and you’re not disabled you could face a stiff fine.

“Unfortunately this is the time of year where people abuse it the most. Black Friday they want to go in get those sales rush in.” Travis County Constable of Precinct 5 Carlos Lopez says even if parking is hard to come by on Black Friday and during the Christmas shopping season, that’s no reason to park in a handicapped space.

Read the Nov. 25, 2018 article and watch the news segment by FOX 7 Austin.

 

Automakers Must Deliver on the Promise of Self-Driving Car Technology

July 30th, 2018|

When I bought my most recent car — a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country —the salesman walked me through the list of available upgrades. I could get a leather interior and heated seats without a problem, but there was one glaring oversight: accessibility. As a wheelchair user, I’ve found that no major automaker offers an accessible vehicle as standard…

Read The New York Times Article

“Not Your Spot” Disabled Parking Campaign Begins

June 14th, 2018|

Rotary Central Cayman Islands has launched its “Not Your Spot” awareness campaign highlighting the correct use and importance of disabled parking spots. The campaign, which was started 14 June, aims not only to educate the public on the proper and improper use of disabled “blue spots” around the island, but also show why these parking spaces are so important to the people who have the rights to use them…

Read the CNS Local Life News Article

Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Crackdown Nets 381 Citations

May 8th, 2018|

Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught 381 out of 4,951, including 11 people in Valencia, fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 22 enforcement operations in April.  Investigators confiscated the placards and issued each offender a misdemeanor citation that carries a $250 to $1,000 fine. The violation will also appear on their driver record…

Read the May 8 article from SCV News.

DMV Cracks Down on Disabled Placard Misuse in Undercover Sweep

March 21st, 2018|

Drivers in the East County were surprised Wednesday when officers approached them to check whether or not their disabled placards were valid. With 2.7 million placards issued in California, it can be difficult to find a handicapped parking space. Adding to that difficulty are the countless drivers who misuse them…

Read the March 21 article from 7SanDiego.

How California Plans to Stop ‘Dead’ Drivers from Using Disabled Parking Placards

December 28th, 2017|

Last year, a California audit revealed an impossible statistic: More than 26,000 people over age 100 in the Golden State had blue disabled placards, allowing them to park at any street meter for free, all day, or at prime blue-stenciled stalls at the front of store parking lots…

Read the December 28, 2017 article from The Sacramento Bee.