Police Crack Down on Drivers Misusing Handicap Placards

In Los Angeles, undercover investigators for the DMV hand out tickets to able-bodied drivers using the placards.
2:01 | 01/10/15

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Well, you've probably seen them out there, seemingly able-bodied drivers using disabled placards to snag the front row spot. Well, they may not be able to get away with it for much longer. Police around the country are cracking down. And our Jim Avila is right there, as they bust those who may be trying to take the easy route to nab the perfect spot. Reporter: It's the American parking lot nightmare. Too many cars, too few spaces. Parking wars that even seep into the handicapped zone. In the car capital of the world, Los Angeles, we joined undercover investigators with the California department of motor vehicles -- this car here is something you're looking at? Right. Reporter: This SUV is parked outside the Runyon canyon hiking trail in the Hollywood hills, where parking near the gate is legal, only for nearby residents or the disabled. These two women clearly not disabled after an hour walk in the hills, came back to find the DMV waiting for them. Ticket in hand. Wanted to ask you why you are using the placard to park here and go hiking. Obviously, you are not disabled. Her friend got jogging in, away from us, as the driver contemplated her fine. Up to $700. This man and woman took the dog and headed for the hiking trail. The investigators check his placard and find it registered to a much older male. The couple returns 40 minutes later to an unwanted welcome. Are you a handicapped person? I'm not in a handicap spot. Am I? Reporter: Right, you're on the street that requires either a permit or a -- I'm not in a handicap spot. That's what you should be really concerned about. Is people parking in handicapped spots. Misusing a -- Reporter: You never used the placard to park in a handicap spot? Never. Why would I park in a handicap spot? Reporter: Does anybody ever just say, I'm sorry, you're right. We do run into some of those. For the most part, they're pretty vocal with us. Reporter: Final stop for these violators? A judge, possible fine and even community service. Jim Avila, ABC news, los Angeles.

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