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1/4/2013 8:29:00 PM
GPD giving grace period for handicap placards
The new handicap placrds. (Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles)
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The new handicap placrds. (Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles)

Brian King
Staff Writer

GREENWOOD, SC – The Greenwood Police Department is giving those who are authorized to park in handicap spaces an additional grace period to obtain the proper placards required by law.

On January 1, 2010, South Carolina began issuing handicap placards with a photo of the resident along with the necessary certification verifying their eligibility. According to the South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 56-3-1960, subsection (J), placards issued prior to this effective date must be renewed by the expiration date on the placard or by January 1, 2013, whichever is sooner. As of this past Tuesday, every handicap placard in South Carolina is required to have the photo and accompanying certification.

According to Major Urban Mitchell of the Greenwood Police Department, many residents of Greenwood appear to have forgotten about the new law taking effect.

“We’re seeing a lot of the old placards out there still,” Mitchell said. “The law was passed a couple of years ago and we don’t want to start writing citations without giving everyone fair warning.”

Although not required by law, the Greenwood Police Department will not enforce the new section of law until February 1, 2013.  From that date forward, Mitchell says, residents will be considered in violation of the law. The new placards can be obtained at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the same manner as the old ones.

A person that violates the provisions of the new section of the law is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, will be fined between $500 and $1,000 or imprisoned for up to 30 days, or both, for each offense.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: Dana Silver

The picture on the "placard" scares me.

Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: mack bolan

I actually have seen a lady & her daughter park in a handicap space more than once & it is actually for her husband who has never been in the car with them. But unless the officer stands outside & waits on them what does this matter?

Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: Kim Phillips

With all the people who park in these spots with no penalties I see little reason for the cards. My grandma used one and when we reported cars parked without the sign nothing was done.

Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Article comment by: Vicki Ashley

I don't ride w/ my placard on my mirror as instructed. Unfortunately I sometimes forget to put mine up. I could get a tag but it expires every year. While at the hosp one night All the handicap parking spots were taken and one didn't have a handicap license plate nor placard displayed. I inform security and they checked it out. Few mins later the officer told me that they checked the license plate and they did have a valid handicap placard on file and they probably forgot to put it up. I told him thank you so much for checking for me and thank you for not giving them a ticket because I have forgotten as well..

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Diane Quinn

I am concerned by the number of people that violate the handicap parking law....that do not display any type of placards. These are the ones that should be facing the fines.

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