Handicap Parking Crackdown, DMV Cites Almost Two Dozen People - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Handicap Parking Crackdown, DMV Cites Almost Two Dozen People

Posted: Updated:

Almost two dozen people accused of using handicapped parking placards, that don't belong to them , are now in trouble.

They were caught after undercover officers spotted them in a parking lot in Southeast Fresno on Tuesday.

Hollie Hendrick has a handicap plate, and relies on his walker to get around.

"I saw a car this morning in a handicapped spot with no I.D.," he says. "It burns my hinder."

"More often than not, it's a valid placard," says Tom Wilson, the Central Area Commander for the Department of Motor Vehicles Investigations Unit.

He says the abuse of handicapped parking placards is rampant.

"We've actually seen people using placards where the person is deceased," Wilson says.

Over and over, they handed out tickets.

One woman who was ticketed says her placard was stolen last month.

She was caught, using her daughters.

Problem is, her daughter needed to be present.

She was not, and the woman was cited.

"We've actually gone into the store to find the people assigned to the placard only to find they are nowhere to be found," says Wilson.

Another woman cited says she was using her sister's placard, then hid her face from the KMPH Fox 26 News camera.

Embarrassment is just the beginning.

Those cited face fines of $250 to $1,000 dollars - and up to six months of jail time.

Wilson says the unit carries out these busts at least once a month.

Hendrick is thankful.

"Have a little compassion for those that are handicap. Let them have those spots," Hendrick said.

By the end of the day, officers handed out 20 tickets – citing almost half of those whose plates they verified.

Wilson says that if you suspect someone is abusing a handicap plate, or if there's a location you see people breaking the law, you can call the DMV hotline at (559) 488-4024.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Fresno Apartment Fire Forces 19 People Out Of Their Homes

    Fresno Apartment Fire Forces 19 People Out Of Their Homes

    Firefighters say an apartment fire started on a fence between two different complexes.More >>
    Firefighters say an apartment fire started on a fence between two different complexes.More >>
  • Deadly Accident: Driver of Medical Truck Runs Stop Sign, 3 Killed

    Deadly Accident: Driver of Medical Truck Runs Stop Sign, 3 Killed

    A man remains hospitalized after a deadly accident near the town of Caruthers. California Highway Patrol officers say it was caused when the driver of an Apria Healthcare truck ran a stop sign.The medical truck, crashed into a red Chrysler Town and Country minivan, killing three people and seriously injuring a fourth who was air lifted to the hospital.More >>
    A man remains hospitalized after a deadly accident near the town of Caruthers. California Highway Patrol officers say it was caused when the driver of an Apria Healthcare truck ran a stop sign.The medical truck, crashed into a red Chrysler Town and Country minivan, killing three people and seriously injuring a fourth who was air lifted to the hospital.More >>
  • Scam Alert: Man Uses eBay To Steal Money From Clovis Woman

    Scam Alert: Man Uses eBay To Steal Money From Clovis Woman

    A Clovis woman has a warning for others who are thinking of buying a car on-line.Sarah Huckabee thought she found the car of her dreams on eBay. She discovered a 2002 Nissan Maxima for only $1,800.She immediately called the seller who claimed to live in Southern California.Huckabee says, "He sent me all these pictures. I was getting my hopes up. I was showing my parents and saying look guys this is a really nice car for the amount of money. It's kind of too good to be true which is what I th...More >>
    A Clovis woman has a warning for others who are thinking of buying a car on-line.Sarah Huckabee thought she found the car of her dreams on eBay. She discovered a 2002 Nissan Maxima for only $1,800.She immediately called the seller who claimed to live in Southern California.Huckabee says, "He sent me all these pictures. I was getting my hopes up. I was showing my parents and saying look guys this is a really nice car for the amount of money. It's kind of too good to be true which is what I th...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.