Black Friday Disability Parking Enforcement Crackdown
Don’t even think about it.
Sure, that open handicap parking spot near the entrance to the mall sure looks inviting.
But it’s not worth it. Especially with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on the prowl looking for motorists illegally parking their vehicles in disabled parking spots this Friday.
White has instructed Secretary of State Police to conduct enforcement sweeps at popular shopping malls state wide this Black Friday—the biggest holiday shopping day of the year. SOS Police will be dispatched to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Chicago’s Water Tower Place as well as shopping malls in Carbondale, Champaign, Peoria, Fairview Heights, Rockford, and Springfield.
“Our mission is not to give tickets, but to ensure the parking spaces are available to those who need them,” White said. “Parking illegally in a space reserved for those who are disabled will mean more money will be spent on fines and less towards gifts. My message is simple: if you don’t belong there, don’t park there.”
But White is not just on the watch for able bodied drivers without disability placards or handicap license plates illegally parking in spots reserved for the legitimately disabled, which carries a maximum $350 fine, but also for drivers abusing disability placards.
Scofflaws can be fined up to $500 and may have their driver’s license suspended for 30-days for illegal use of a placard or disability license plate if the authorized person is not being transported in the vehicle.
The Secretary of State says there are 653,279 placards and approximately 81,422 handicap license plates currently issued in Illinois.
People can report disability parking abuse by either calling 217-785-0309 abuse via the Secretary of State’s website at
www.cyberdriveillinois.com and complete the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.
Make sure you jot down the offending vehicle’s license plate numbers and placard number for your report.
This is the seventh year SOS has conducted this type of parking enforcement on the official start of the Christmas shopping season.