This site (HandicappedFraud.org) depends upon you to help in the effort of bringing attention to the offendor/s. When you see an offense:
~Don't confront the person. These people may be handicapped, and we don't want to create any hassle for them. Or, they may be law breakers, and could become very agitated at being pointed out.
~Record their license plate number
~Record their placard number (on the placard itself)
~Leave a post-it note on their car that says they've been reported at HandicappedFraud.org (available free from the site)
Our goal is to have hundreds or even thousands of uploads at the end of every month. A report will be generated and sent to each state's DMV. It is then DMV's opportunity to see trends from these reports, and track the placard number to the Doctor and patient. If abuse is detected, fines may be issued, and placards revoked. Both of these will bring awareness and change to this rampant problem.
When violators are caught red-handed, an officer can issue a ticket for $250.00 - $3,000.00 and they can be jailed for up to six months.
Then there is also Parking Mobility, complete with a handy FREE APP:
We Need Your Involvement!
Parking Mobility’s goal is to make communities more accessible by working with cities to improve disabled parking enforcement. To accomplish this, we need your continued help in the following ways.
The more people using Parking Mobility to report violations, the bigger our impact will be. Each additional user means more violations reported…more visibility of the issue…and a better argument in convincing your city to adopt Parking Mobility. Tell your friends, family, and charitable organizations looking for funding! In addition, please log in to the Parking Mobility website and link your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Once your social networks have been linked, Parking Mobility will post on your Wall and send a tweet each time you report a violation. This lets your network know you are using Parking Mobility and encourages others to get involved.
People do not need to have a disability to use (or want to use) Parking Mobility – they just need to appreciate the benefits: improving access for those with disabilities and raising money for their favorite charity!
Get Your City On Board!
We have thousands of users all over the world using Parking Mobility in over 140 cities, which is amazing. We need each of these cities to partner with Parking Mobility in order for the violation reports to be processed as tickets by the city. We are looking for individuals to work with others in their community to get each city to adopt Parking Mobility. If this sounds daunting, remember that your city government exists to respond to the needs of the community – and disabled parking is a huge need which has been overlooked. You are not alone, Parking Mobility can connect you with other organizations in your city who want to get it in place. Click here to find out how to get your city to adopt Parking Mobility.
Keep reporting those violations and make your voice heard. Each violation you report makes a difference – improves accessibility, changes behavior to respect disabled parking and raises money for your favorite charity (20% to one of the 4 represented).
In case you're still unsure about these violations and how often it occurs, be on the lookout for this:
which happened to me personally, just days ago (though this photo was found via google on a paraplegic's blog about the perils of parking a handicap accessible van). Those perils are daily obstacles for others who rely on wheels to move, and not only the automobile variety. Our mobility specialist for Brayden's wheelchair and other necessary equipment has told me of many instances that he was literally trapped in or out of his car due to another's inconsiderate actions... he's in a wheelchair himself.