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New Law Strengthens Penalty for Disability Parking Fraud
Starting January 1, a new state law goes into effect strengthening the penalty for using a disability placard or license plate of a person who is now deceased. The law creates a new offense, making it a Class A misdemeanor. The minimum penalty is having your driver's license revoked for one year and a $2,500 fine.
"The goal here is not to write tickets, and not to impose fines," Henry Haupt of the Illinois Secretary of State's office said. "It's to make people think twice about misusing placards and parking illegally. Secretary White's number-one goal is to ensure that individuals who need a disability parking spot have them available for them to use."
The law also strengthens penalties for general misuse of any disability placard or plate.