On May 30, 2012, my son used my car to go to Target to get something for dinner. He used my handicap plague and when He came out of Target two traffic patrol officers approached him and asked him for his Placard ID. He explained that the placard was mine, his mother; (I) was at home. They give him two citations for $353.00 each. He came home and told me what had happened. I called the number on the parking violation and they told me that I was responsible for paying these tickets and that they was cracking down on kids and grand kids using their parents and grandparents handicap plague. The problem with this is;
I did not lend him my handicap plague, nor did I have any knowledge of him using it, I always get it in my own car, or I will forget to get it when I go somewhere. I was told that I am the one that is supposed to pay these outrageous fines. I am on SSI/Social Security Disability, where do I get this kind of money to pay this? I am barely making it and paying my bills. If I do not pay this money they can take my car and prevent me for renewing my auto registration this December. My son is unemployed, so I feel that something is really wrong with this law. The driver should have gotten the ticket instead of me! I do not feel responsible for someone elses actions.
In addition to this, the officer filed an initial review for me on June 14, 2012 and then denied it on June 20, 2012, after I called their number to get information on how to file an initial review for myself! When I called to get information on June 20, 2012, I was told on the phone that I needed to go and get a new placard and Id, and then I could pay $25.00 on one of the tickets, I was at DMV for two hours to get replacements. When I arrived at their Van Nuys Office, I found that was not the case. I was not offered any advice. I called the 1-866-561-9742 number that was on back of the citation and spoke with an agent who advised me to file for a hearing and a file for a payment waver. I needed to go home and get proof of income some I had to drive back across town and then back to return the information. The clerk filled out the form and had me sign it. Afterward, I read the form and seem that I was supposed to have filled out two forms, one for each ticket? That was yesterday, today I am just plain tired.
I have returned to school and that is plague with problems too!