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New law makes penalties tougher for fraud, abuse of disability parking

Posted: Friday, Dec 28th, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — The law proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to crack down on fraud and abuse of the state’s disability parking program takes effect Jan. 1. The new law includes toughening the penalties for those who abuse a deceased person’s placard or disability license plate.

“The message we are sending is simple: if you don’t belong there, don’t park there,” said White. “These stronger penalties will hopefully make people think twice before they deprive a person with a disability from using a disability parking spot.”

White first initiated the legislation at a public hearing at the first meeting of his Advisory Committee on Traffic Safety – a committee to make Illinois roads safer, reduce traffic fatalities and to consider increased penalties for those who blatantly disregard traffic laws.

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