CHICAGO (CBS) — Shopping mall parking spaces migt be at a premium on Black Friday, but you should not be tempted to wrongly pull your car into one marked for handicapped drivers.
Illinois Secretary of State’s Office Police planned their annual crackdown on the misuse of handicapped parking spots, including enforcement missions in at the Oak Brook and Woodfield Malls in the Chicago area and several downstate shopping centers.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said, for him, it “violates human decency” for someone to take up a handicapped parking spot when he or she shouldn’t.
White’s liaison to the handicapped community, Bill Bogdan, said the crackdown is not meant so much to be punitive as it is to get people to follow the law. He said each year seems to be getting better. Last year, there were more than 90 tickets issued to people illegally in handicapped parking spots during the crackdown, while the year before was well over 100.