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Disability Law: 4 Santa Rosa Drivers Cited for Misuse of Disability Placards

May 30, 2011

Santa Rosa – At least four people were issued citations by officers from the Department of Motor Vehicle last Thursday after misusing placards for people with disabilities.

According to the report, the DMV officers searched locations across the state where they received reports about non-disabled people using vehicle placards intended for disabled individuals.

Violators were seen in parking lots near shopping malls, commercial establishments, schools, and business districts. DMV officers looked at each person walking toward his vehicle without any obvious signs of disability.

Nearly 207 violators, four of which are in Santa Rosa, were given citations during the sweep. First-time offenders were cited with a misdemeanor with bail fees of $250, while individuals who committed the violation more than once would receive higher bail fees.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), only people with disabilities are entitled to such privileges and accommodations in public places.

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