We are now officially in the holiday shopping season and that means crowded parking lots at area malls and stores. But, if you find yourself tempted to illegally take that open handicap parking spot close to the door, you may want to think again.
The Quincy Police Department issued a news release earlier this year saying they were increasing patrols of handicap parking spaces and checking for violations.
And, on Monday, Secretary of State Jesse White announced a statewide crack down on people who illegally park in disability parking spots.
Secretary White said in a press release on Monday, "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."
Kelly Vandermaiden with the Quincy Police Department says if you are the person driving a disabled person around you need to be aware of the law as well.
"If you are driving someone around who does have a disability placard or plate and they are remaining in the car you are not allowed to use the disability space unless the person is getting out of the vehicle," said Officer Vandermaiden.
People who illegally park in a disabled parking spot can be fined a minimum of $250.
If you illegally use a disability placard or license plate, that could cost you up to $500 as well as the possibility of having your driver's license suspended.
Secretary White is urging people to report abuse of disability parking spaces by calling 217-785-0309. You can also visit the Secretary of State's website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com and complete the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.
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