Jesse White Cracking Down On Drivers Abusing Handicapped Parking On “Black Friday”
Secretary Of State Police Will Be Out At Malls Statewide
Unless you’re legally entitled to, don’t even think about pulling your car into a handicapped spot, just because the rest of the parking lot is full.
Because Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will be watching.
White is coordinating an enforcement effort at shopping malls all over the state to focus extra scrutiny on handicapped accessible scofflaws.
“We’re here today to remind drivers that parking in a disability parking space for those who are not
disabled — is not an option,” White said at a press conference on Wednesday. “It will cost you a ticket in addition to the money you’re spending during the holiday season. In keeping with the holiday spirit, let’s be considerate while parking.”
Secretary of State Police will be out enforcing the law at Woodfield, Oak Brook, and Orland Park malls today as well as at shopping malls in Bloomington, Carbondale, Fairview Heights, Rockford, and Springfield. Other
enforcements will take place during the holiday season in cities that include Champaign, Effingham, and Peoria.
Police will be focusing special attention on handicapped placard abuse to make sure the person utilizing the placard to park is actually the actual owner of the placard hanging from the rear view mirror.
The fine for illegally using a placard or disability license plates without the authorized holder of the
placard or disability license plates present is a maximum of $500. But violators can also be slapped with a 30-day administrative driver’s license suspension from the Secretary of State for the first
If you decide you’re just too lazy to find a standard parking spot and want to park your car in a handicapped spot for the convenience of avoiding a long walk, the fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a parking placard or disability license plates can be as much $350.
People can report handicapped parking abuse by calling 217-785-0309. Make sure you make note of the placard numbers or license plate numbers and location of the vehicle. You can also fill out a compliant form at the Secretary of State website: www.cyberdriveillinois.com.