“Unauthorized people who park in disabled parking spaces are showing no respect for others,” County Executive John R. Leopold said in a statement.
“It is my hope that by continuing to strictly enforce this law, people will think twice before putting themselves above a person with a disability.”
In 2007, police issued 1,358 citations, and this year they are on pace for roughly the same number with 967 citations issued so far, according to a news release.
With only 177 tickets given in 2006, Leopold took action to enforce the restrictions after he took office in November of that year.
In June 2007, Leopold successfully lobbied to increase the fines with the help of the County Council and later wrote a letter urging judges to impose the maximum $500 fine when appropriate.
The courts system does not keep aggregate statistics on the outcome of parking tickets.