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State law exempts citizens who are disabled from paying parking meter fees. A handicapped placard allows these citizens to park for free regardless if it’s in a handicapped parking spot or not.
A Larry Barker investigation found that some non-disabled employees of the Albuquerque District Attorney’s Office routinely displayed handicapped parking placards in their vehicles, that don’t belong to them, then occupied handicapped and metered parking spaces outside the DA’s office.
Handicap parking violation in the City of Albuquerque is $350. In Santa Fe, parking in a zone reserved for persons with a disability is $500