Drivers using false handicapped placards will face a hefty fine

A bill has been filed to double the fine to $1,000

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield Police say they’ve seen a spike in illegal parking in handicapped parking spots. Officers have issued more tickets for abusing placards, and illegally parking in marked handicapped spaces.

Placard abuse includes using a deceased member’s placard, tampering with them, or making a photocopy. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News Springfield officers see about a dozen of these violations every week.

People with disabilities find this crime personally offensive. Robert Edwards of Longmeadow said, “I feel that people think they’re above the law, that they can park anywhere they want. When it comes to handicapped parking, people with disabilities have the right to park in handicapped spots. It’s their right.”

The fine for a false placard is $500 and a 30-day license suspension. A bill has been filed, but not yet passed, to double the fine to $1,000, and triple the suspension to 90 days.

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