A statewide crackdown on the misuse of disability parking spaces, plates, and placards led to 166 citations and a total of $71,250 in fines.
The enforcement began on Black Friday and went through the end of December, prime time for holiday shopping and when the most offenses are seen. During that time, the following citations were given:
A total of 8,336 placards were checked and 103 were confiscated.
"I'm pleased with the results of the disability parking enforcement efforts," Secretary of State Jesse White said. "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." He added, "Remember—if you don't belong there—don't park there."
Malls and stores in 66 communities throughout the state were checked, including Rockford.
A new law that took effect on New Year's Day toughens penalties for those who abuse a deceased person's placard or license plate and also increases fines for other disability parking offenses.
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