Anne Arundel Cops To HIDE

| March 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Anne Arundel County Police Department  has initiated an almost year long operation to cut down on fraudulent use of handicap placards and tags. The department has begun conducting “Operation HIDE” (Handicap ID Enforcement) and it will continue through November 20, 2011.

Uniformed officers will target handicap parking violations at shopping centers and malls in the county.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires commercial areas to reserve parking for disabled drivers. Many motorists use handicap spaces without using a proper placard/tag, by using another family member’s placard/tag or using a deceased person’s placard/tag, thus needlessly taking handicap parking away from people that need it.

The MVA states that a placard for a disabled person is valid for four years and a temporary placard may be valid for anywhere from three weeks up to six months and are accompanied by tag stickers or expiration decals on temporary placards. Placards must be hung on the inside rearview mirror or, absent a mirror, the placard may be place on the left side of the dash with the expiration clearly visible.

Officers authorized to request a copy of a medical certification for the permit; so keeping this in the vehicle on on your person is recommended. Anyone committing fraud or misrepresenting themselves when applying for or using a parking placard for people with disabilities is subject to a fine of up to $500. If disability conditions are not met, the plate/placards may be revoked.

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