Police to ensure Pats fans aren't abusing handicapped spots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts police chief says his officers are cracking down on people who fraudulently use parking spaces for the disabled at Gillette Stadium.

Foxborough Chief Ed O'Leary tells The Sun Chronicle ( ) that with the New England Patriots' season approaching, officers will check to make sure vehicles with placards or license plates for the disabled have an occupant with a disability.

Violators caught misusing a placard face a fine of $500 and license suspension. The penalty for parking in a handicapped spot without a placard is $200.

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Police began the compliance checks at the behest of stadium officials.

O'Leary says sometimes people use placards belonging to a relative not in attendance.

The stadium has 301 spaces for the disabled, more than the 239 required by the state.


Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle,