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Handicapped Parking Pass Abusers Facing Tougher Fines Under House Bill

The legislation follows an investigation that showed the use of handicapped parking placards by those who aren't disabled has increased in recent years.

A bill that would increase penalties for falsely using a handicapped parking pass is headed to the Governor's desk.

The fines for anyone caught using a disability license plate or decal that isn't issued to them will increase to $600 for first time offenders, under House Bill 5624. Repeat offenders will see fines of $750 for a second offense and $1000 for a third. 

“We need to stop the fraud that is taking place with handicapped parking placards,” said State Sen. Maggie Crotty (D-Oak Forest).

“This measure will not only increase penalties, it also acts as a deterrent for those who are providing false information that allows them to receive a parking permit," Crotty said.

This bill also puts forth a new, two-tiered system for disabled parking. Beginning in 2014, those physically unable to feed meters will be exempt from paying for metered spots. These drivers will receive new placards displaying the free-parking status, after the Secretary of State reviews paperwork signed by a doctor.

Other disabled-parking pass and plate holders will be able to park in handicapped-only spots but will not have the free-parking passes.

An investigation into those who used handicapped parking passes found rampant abuse by those who were not disabled, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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thomas david parr May 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM
just local towns trying to decrease there deficits they dont fight crime in area just give residents tickets for anything they can think of a pain for decent people start fighting crime in these communitys for a change
thomas david parr May 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM
doughtfull to be approved but thats the way local goverment works
LBoakforest May 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM
this runs rampant at 159th & cicero metra parking lot - just so they can park near the trains. another spot check should be done again - seems like the number has risen again since the last check.
Stones May 23, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Thomas, that's not the reason for the law. It's to prevent abuse by lazy and selfish people who have no concern for anyone but themselves. In fact, it's pitiful behavior. But since you mention the local budget defecits. Oak Forest can easily close theirs in the Metra lot, but rather than have a squad car there, they should place a plaineclothes officer on the platform to watch how many people literally run from their Handicap spot for the train or climb the stone covered embankment. These people are hardly in need of stealing thes reserved spots.
Richard DeVries May 23, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Good hope it passes. Make it 1000.00 for first time. Second time lose your car.

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