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Stricter punishments in Illinois for illegally using handicapped parking

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Have you ever illegally parked in a handicap parking space just to get a closer spot?

State officials say too many people are cheating the system, and they're making changes to stop it.

People who illegally park in a disabled parking spot can be fined a minimum of $250, but officials with the Illinois Secretary of State's office say more needs to be done-- so they are making laws stricter.

Bill Bogdan with the Secretary of State's office was in Quincy Tuesday to talk about the new laws.

Starting next year, if you illegally use a disability placard or license plate, it will cost you $600 and there's a possibility of having your driver's license suspended.

"If you're running an errand for your grandma or grandfather it's illegal for you to use that parking placard or parking accessible spot, if they're not in the vehicle and they aren't entering or exiting," said Bogdan.

Also punishments for using a dead person's placard will now be stricter.

"We have a big problem in the state of Illinois with dead people parking believe it or not, and in Illinois now it is a Class ''A'' misdemeanor for anyone to use a deceased persons parking placard, that carries a maximum $2500 fine, and a one year driver's license suspension," said Bogdan.

New applicants for disabled parking will have to submit under a two-tiered system that has different levels of disability.

 

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