On Wednesday, 30 people in the San Diego area were busted for disabled parking placard fraud, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The busts were part of a statewide sting, targeting people who misuse parking stickers issued to those with disabilities. DMV investigators handed out 241 citations total, according to a statement from the DMV.
The Central Region (Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton) and the Midland Region (El Monte, West Covina, LA Metro) had the most citations: 43 each.
The DMV looked for offenders in high-traffic areas, including shopping mall parking lots and universities.
Offenders include people who use someone else’s placard, alter a placard or give fake information to obtain a placard. There are also consequences for disabled people who let others borrow their stickers.
“The DMV will confiscate a placard of a legitimate owner if it’s being used by others,” DMV Chief Deputy Director Jean Shiomoto said in the release.
People who receive citations face fines up to $1,000 for a first offense and $3,500 for a second.
The DMV said it conducted the sting after more people started complaining about parking sticker misuse.