More than 100 Coachella guests caught fraudulently using disabled parking placards
1:07 PM, Apr 24, 2018
1:29 PM, Apr 24, 2018
(KGTV) - More than 150 Coachella concert-goers had to face the music after fraudulently using disabled parking placards or parking spaces.
Indio Police checked nearly 2,000 placards during the two-weekend run of Coachella Valley Music Festival. At least 135 guests were cited for fraudulent using placards and another 18 were cited for using disabled parking without a permit.
The ratio was less than the previous year, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, dropping from one in every 13 people to one in every seven.
Those who abuse use of the placard can have their placard confiscated, receive a misdemeanor citation, and be fined anywhere from $250 to $1,000.
The violation also appears on offenders' driving record.
"When someone misuses a disabled person parking placard, it impedes the mobility of our disabled community," said Jean Shiomoto, DMV Director. “I’m asking all able-bodied Californians to save the space."