Attention Holiday Shoppers: Avoid Handicapped Parking

CHICAGO (WBBM) — When you head out to the mall this weekend for holiday shopping, don’t be tempted to park in handicapped spots.

Police will be patrolling.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty Reports

“Police will be at Woodfield, Oakbook and Orland Park malls enforcing the law,” Secretary of State Jesse White said.

The fines for using an illegal placard: $500. That would buy somebody a nice Christmas present or two.

Over the holiday season last year, police wrote 211 tickets for illegal parking in designated handicapped spots.

White would be happy if police wrote no tickets this year, because it would mean everybody was parking where they should and leaving the spaces for those who need them

  • uptohere

    Excellent! I wish more local police would enforce illegal handicapped parking violations, and thrioughout the year. I can’t even begin to count how many scofflaws I observe violating this ordinance, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Most amazing to me are the violators with permits who use these spots when a handicapped individual is not even in the vehicle. You would think that they, of all people, would be sensitive to the parking needs of others.

    • David Jones

      but some Handicapped People May not look Handicapped… Like me I have 6 bolts in my neck and cant curry anything over 10 lbs but to look at me I dont look like in am Handicapped.. You don’t know how many times people look at me like why are you parking there…

  • Wondering

    Why do handicapped people always get the best parking spots?

  • Roberta Waker

    My husband is handicapped, dealing with his sixth round of cancer and chemo so we have a handicapped placard. I would NEVER park in a handicapped zone unless he is with me. Yes, I have been tempted, but I am not handicapped and thankful of that fact. They should nail violators with heavy fines and take away their placards if this is being abused. No sympathy here.

  • iphish

    A disability is not always a feature that makes one stand out in the crowd. I often get glaring looks from people that assume there is nothing wrong with me. People need to learn not to judge others on appearance only until they have walked a mile in their shoes.

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