Howard Co. police go after handicap parking violators

Twelve motorists seen pulling into or out of handicap-parking spaces during an enforcement sting in Howard County this week did not have valid reasons to park there, according to police and state motor vehicle officials.

Police officers on Wednesday spent three and a half hours at a Walmart and on Main Street in Ellicott City, and at a Walmart, a Target, the mall and Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia. A statement said officers and officials with the Motor Vehicle Administration stopped 42 vehicles and issued a dozen $130 citations charging drivers with using handicap placards reserved for relatives who were not in the car.

Police said a similar operation in June also resulted in 12 citations.

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