Nassau police begin annual crackdown on handicap parking offenders

Police are beginning their annual crackdown on drivers illegally parking in spaces reserved for the handicapped.

While police say nearly 5,000 tickets have already been written this year for the offense, squads are beefing up the number of units combing parking lots for offenders during the holiday season. The penalty is a $260 fine.

Advocates say the extra enforcement has helped. However, police and those who legitimately use the parking spots say the behavior grows to epidemic proportions around the busy shopping season.

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