Police are making sure disabled parking placards at Soldier Field aren't being abused. (Photo By Flickr user KE4SFQ)
By Nick Gale
CHICAGO - Ahead of Monday's Bears–Lions game, Secretary of State Police are cracking down on those who illegally park in handicap spots.
The sting is part of a statewide effort by the secretary of state to discourage drivers from abusing the disability program. In addition to issuing citations for those parked illegally, officers will also be checking the validity of disability parking placards.
Bill Bogdan, the disability liaison for the Secretary of State, says the wide disabled parking spots are coveted by fans who tailgate.
“Generally the accessible spots, especially for sporting events, are coveted spots because they’re a lot larger than your average parking space and they offer an eight-foot wide access aisle that people just love to tailgate in and set up their picnic table and their grills and so forth,” Bogdan said.
Bogden says since Secretary of State Police and the Chicago Bears started using stings a number of years ago, the number of violations has gone down.
The current fine for parking illegally in a disability parking space is $250. Someone caught misusing a placard faces a $500 fine and a driver’s license suspension. Repeat violators face fines from $750 to $1,000.