Cops Ticket 50 In Accessible Parking Sting
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 12, 2004
JOLIET, ILLINOIS--Following many complaints by disability advocates, officers from the Illinois Secretary of State Police and the City of Joliet Police led a sting operation over the weekend to nab drivers who illegally parked in spaces reserved for people with disabilities.
Police set up checkpoints outside two paved lots specifically reserved for people with disabilities outside the Chicagoland Motor Speedway.
The checkpoints told drivers they needed to be ready to produce photo ID that would match the holder of a state-approved parking placard, or risk a $100 minimum fine.
In spite of the warning, dozens of drivers went past the checkpoints and parked illegally.
On Saturday alone, the cops handed out 50 citations, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
"They had every opportunity to not want to park in disabled parking," said Bill Bogdan, the Secretary of State's disability liaison. "Yet, still, people were that arrogant to say, 'Yeah, I'm going to park there.'"
Many of those ticketed were the children or grandchildren of placard holders who did not come with the drivers.
A handful were charged with Class A misdemeanors for altering the expiration dates on their placards.