(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — As the start of the holiday shopping season begins, the Illinois Secretary of State Police reminded Chicagoans to be respectful of disability parking spots at malls.
Officers will be stationed at various malls throughout Chicago this holiday season to make sure people aren't illegally parking in spots reserved for people with disabilities.
Investigator Glenn Florkow said this issue goes back several years.
"We've come to understand that there are going to be individuals who … have less of an opinion for their fellow man and want to take advantage of the opportunity, whether they are using a relative's placard, or a deceased person's placard, or just parking in a disability parking space was no placard at all,” Florkow said.
He said investigators have a number of ways they're enforcing these parking spots.
"It's a matter of investigators going out and doing random checks throughout the Chicagoland area,” Florkow said. “And speaking to people, it's not just a matter of driving past and [seeing] if there's a current valid placard.”
Drivers could face up to $1,000 in fines for illegally parking in disability parking spots.
"It's important that those individuals with disabilities — they have a difficult time getting around — so, they should be able to find a safe close to stability marked parking space,” Florkow said.