Local police carefully monitoring illegal use of handicap parking spots

Hampden County

Police are paying special attention to cars illegally using disability parking spots.

This week marks the RMV’s placard abuse prevention week, and local law enforcement agencies are making sure the spaces are saved for those who need them.

It happens every day. 22News caught a car in West Springfield getting ticketed for illegally parking in a disability space.

“I mean, here it is you have somebody that could easily get into the store,” said Vanessa Doyle of Springfield. “And they can’t they have to circle around, the spaces are limited as they are. It’s getting better weather, why can’t you walk from down there to here?”

Northampton police and the city’s parking enforcement officers are dedicated to finding illegal use of handicap placards.

In 2017, the department issued 173 tickets for invalid placards, confiscating nearly 40 for use by an unauthorized person, or being expired or altered.

And they said those numbers don’t include the drivers who take the spaces without a placard.

One Williamsburg man said a nearby parking space makes all the difference for his disabled wife.

“I think that a lot of time people, even though they have a plack, they don’t need to be handicap,” said Frank Kosior. “She has a wheelchair and a walker, very very helpful.”

In Northampton, parking in a handicap spot without a pass could result in a $150 fine.

In 2017 Massachusetts increased penalties for wrongfully using placards. Violators face longer license suspensions and larger fines if caught.

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