By Caleb Hutton
Parking will be tight at stores this coming long weekend, but the state Department of Licensing is urging people to avoid illegal parking in disabled parking spots.
One big deterrent — aside from looking, well, like a jerk — is a $250 ticket for drivers who get caught.
Here’s the press release from the DOL.
OLYMPIA—The busy holiday shopping season makes finding good parking spots near retailers tough, but don’t be tempted to illegally park in a spot reserved for a person with a disability—even if you only plan on being in a store for a minute.
The Washington State Department of Licensing tracks disabled parking credentials more than 300,000 citizens. It is essential for shoppers with disabilities to have access to spots reserved for them.
Using a designated disabled parking spot without a disabled parking license plate or placard also may result in an unexpected holiday expense. The fine for this infraction is $250.
Individuals entitled to use parking spaces reserved for individuals with disabilities can use either a placard hanging from the rearview mirror or special disabled parking license plates.
For more information on the disabled parking program visit the DOL Website at www.dol.wa.gov or call 360-902-3770.