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California's Disabled Parking Placards Sent To The Dead

Disabled Parking

07/20/11 10:23 AM ET   AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly 60,000 of California's more than 2 million disabled parking placards issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles might have been sent to dead people.

The placards allow motorists to park for free or in special designated spaces.

The DMV checks state death records every two years and the Los Angeles Times reports that this year's crosscheck uncovered about 56,000 deceased placard holders.

The agency misses many of those people because of mismatched birth dates, but the DMV says fraudulent use of disabled parking placards is on the rise. More than a third of the placards displayed in vehicles are used illegally.

The DMV says it's studying ways to make the process more efficient.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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