Thursday is Accessible Parking Awareness Day and officials are reminding Calgarians to leave designated accessible stalls for those who need them.

The Calgary Parking Authority says it has already handed out more than 6000 tickets this year to drivers illegally parked in stalls designated for those with disabilities.

The campaign runs through the month of December and officials are cracking down on abusers.

“As we approach the Christmas season people are busy, it's hectic. Take the extra few minutes to find a legal space to park and leave the accessible spaces open for Calgarians who really need them,” said Miles Dyck from the Calgary Parking Authority.

Parking officials say the biggest trouble spots are in the downtown, Beltline and LRT parking areas.

The fine for parking illegally in an accessible stall starts at $200.

For more information on the campaign, visit the Calgary Parking Authority website.