California DMV investigators have recently started to crack down on the illegal use of handicap placards. Investigators issued 18 misdemeanor citations during a June 20th enforcement operation in Oxnard.
The operation happened in and near the parking lot of the Walmart located at 2001 North Rose Avenue. Investigators caught 16 people illegally using Disabled Persons Parking Placards (DPPP) as well as two people who parked in handicap spots without possession of a placard. They also cited another driver who did not have a license during the operation.
This is the third time that the DMV has conducted this type of operation in the Oxnard and Ventura area this year. The first two operations happened on April 18th and May 22nd, resulting in 22 and 13 citations respectively.
DMV investigators have issued a total of 552 DPPP related citations during the months of April and May alone throughout California. Offenders will have to appear in court and could face fines ranging anywhere from $250 to $1,000 dollars.
Anyone who suspects placard misuse or believes a DPPP was issued in error can call their local DMV Investigations Office and fill out a Record of Complaint Form 172A. You can find the form by clicking here. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. The complaint can be anonymous.