Chicago cracks down on disabled-parking abusers

February 1, 2012 5:26:58 AM PST
Chicago launches its first crackdown on people who illegally use disabled-parking placards and license plates, since new penalties went into effect Sunday.

Officers from the Chicago Police department and the Secretary of State's office fanned out across the Loop. They say ten people were ticketed.

Police plan to continue the sting operation downtown as well as other parts of the city.

The stiffest penalty is for drivers caught using fake, stolen or expired placards.

They now face immediate impoundment of their vehicles and fines of at least $1,500.