Q I would like to add to Bob Popewell’s (Monday, May 25 blog post) suggestion: tow, ticket, hand cuff and book these violators. I suggest you ask either the parking officers in Capitola or Santa Cruz about the violators they run into. You’d be amazed how many are illegally using Grandma’s parking placard while they park their SUV or BMW in a handicapped parking spot all day at the beach. Grandma is usually at the convalescent home and nowhere nearby. This is highly illegal, and you would be astounded how often it happens. Also astounding is how indignant people get when confronted by the officers who ask to see their permit and find out who it belongs to. They know they are in the wrong and get angry when the permit is confiscated and they are issued citations for misuse of the placard and the illegal parking. It happens a lot, Ramona. Just ask the parking officers, believe me.
A Thank you for writing in with your additional comments, Capitola Citizen. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, misuse of parking placards for disabled people is illegal. Disabled people who lend their placard to the able-bodied risk having it revoked or canceled. Non-disabled people caught using placards can receive a fine of between $250 and $3,500, up to six months of imprisonment or both. Read more about disabled person parking placards online at www.dmv.ca.gov, then click on Publications, Vehicle Registration Brochures, Disabled Person Parking Placard or Plates.