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.