SPRINGFIELD - State police conducted a parking sting in Springfield over the weekend. They are trying to crack down on holiday shoppers who park in handicap spots without the proper credentials. Last year more than 160 citations were issued. Fines for parking in a handicap spot without a parking placard or disability license plate can be as much as $350. Dale Cox, a state police officer, said many of the citations were given to people who were caught using someone else's credentials.
"A lot of them I run into, the placard actually belongs to a relative, which may be grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, and are actually using it. A lot of times they'll tell me the mom, or dad, or grandma, grandpa are actually inside the building and we find out that they're not there."
Drivers caught misusing these credentials will lose their license for six months and will have to pay a $500 fine. Drivers who get caught a second time face a $1,000 fine and a one year license suspension. Licenses will be revoked after a third time.