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60 citations issued during disability parking crackdown

Updated: November 26, 2012 3:51PM

A total of 60 citations were issued to motorists who illegally parked in disability spots at shopping malls throughout the state over the holiday weekend.

Parking stings were conducted at Water Tower Place in Chicago, and the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, according to the secretary of state’s office. Secretary of State police also visited malls in Oak Brook, Orland Park, Geneva, Rockford and downstate.

Twenty-nine people received citations for improper use of a disability parking space or parking in a disability space without a placard or license plate, a statement from the secretary of state’s office said.

Citations were also issued to 28 people for misuse of a disability placard or using someone else’s placard. Of 1,925 placards checked, 29 were confiscated, according to the secretary of state’s office.

The crackdown began Friday and will continue through December.

Motorists illegally using a placard or disability plates face a maximum fine of $500, and for a first offense, their driver’s license can be suspended for 30 days.

Drivers can face a maximum fine of $350 for parking in an accessible space without a placard or disability license.

Sex. of State Jesse White said in the statement, “As I’ve said before, our mission is not to give tickets, but to ensure the disability parking spaces are available to those who need them.”

Last year, police issued 187 citations, according to the secretary of state’s office. This is the seventh year of the holiday parking crackdown.

People should call (217) 785-0309 to report abuse of disability spaces.

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