A total of 3,480 citations were issued by police in 2021 for drivers parking in handicapped spaces without a placard, the city of San Diego said Saturday.
More than $1.5 million in fines was collected by the city, officials said. Each citation cost $452.50.
Officers also issued 637 citations for the misuse of disabled placards last year, for a total of more than $500,000 in tickets, the city reported. Misuse citations cost $826.50.
The citations were issued by the San Diego Police Department's Parking Enforcement Unit.
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"We really shouldn't have to say this, but please don't park in an accessible parking space without a disabled placard and don't use a placard that belongs to someone else,'' the city warned.