Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Saugus Police Department to Participate in Placard Abuse Prevention Week
SAUGUS — Chief Domenic DiMella announces that the Saugus Police Department will be participating in Placard Abuse Prevention Week to help reduce the misuse of handicap placards statewide.
Placard Abuse Prevention Week, which runs from May 6-13, is led by a task force through the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). The initiative aims to reduce disabled parking placard abuse so that parking spaces are always available for those who need them.
The Saugus Police Department will be on the lookout in parking lots and shopping plazas for expired and/or misused placards. Violators will be issued a citation or ticket, and officers will send the placard’s information to the RMV for confiscation. Placard owners/holders can face penalties even if they’re not present at the time of misuse.
The most common forms of handicap parking abuse include:
- Using a placard that belonged to a deceased relative
- Using a spouse’s placard without the spouse present
- Using an expired placard
- Using placards with altered expiration dates
“Placard Abuse Prevention Week is an important initiative meant to protect the rights of disabled members of our community,” Chief DiMella said. “Illegally using a disability placard is anything but harmless. It places an unfair and unnecessary burden on people who have a physical need to park close to their destination.”
Additionally, in January, the RMV revamped its placard application to deter abuse and raise awareness of abuse with the medical community. The RMV is now automatically cancelling placards upon death notification and requesting placards of deceased individuals be returned by their estate.
If you know of or witness someone abusing a handicap placard or plate, call the Saugus Police Department at 781-941-1199 or visit the RMV online to fill out a form.