Secretary of State and state librarian Jesse White announcing the Secretary of State Police will conduct parking stings at shopping malls statewide throughout the holiday season.
This to combat those parking in handicapped parking spots without a permit.
This is the 14th year the SoS office has conducted stings.
Secretary of State Police will enforce the provisions of the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities at shopping centers on Blake Friday in Schaumburg, Springfield and Fairview Heights as it marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season.
White says that the mission is to ensure accessible parking spaces are available to those who need them. He adds that parking illegally in a space reserved for people with disabilities means a possible driver’s license suspension and a hefty fine.
Driver’s caught misuisng a placard face a six-month driver’s license suspension and a $600 fine. Repeat violators will face a one-year driver’s license suspension and a $750 fine. Third or subsequent offenses will warrant a $1,000 fine and a one-year driver’s license suspension. You could get a $350 parking ticket for parking in a handicapped space without a placard. Using a deceased person’s placard or a fake can result in a $2,500 fine and a 1-year suspension of a driver’s license.
There are over 500,000 permanent placards in Illinois.
You can report abuse of parking spaces for people with disabilities when you dial 217-785-0309 or at ilsos.gov.