As the result of a number of residents and businesses conveying their concerns to County Executive Ike Leggett about how roadway soliciting impacts public safety on local roads, the Executive convened a Roadway Solicitation Task Force in January 2010. The group’s mission was to examine the practice of solicitation on roads in the County and develop recommendations for practical and appropriate ways to deal with the problem.
In its just-released report, the Task Force noted that roadway solicitation is often hazardous to both panhandlers and motorists and can potentially undermine the County's comprehensive efforts to promote pedestrian safety. The report said that while some panhandlers are homeless, appropriate services exist in the County to serve these individuals, and panhandling can often be counterproductive to addressing homelessness, as well as addiction problems.
Leggett has asked the State legislators who served on the Task Force to introduce a bill in the 2011 Session that would authorize the County to establish a permit system for roadside solicitation (i.e., State enabling law). Under the bill, solicitation from a median strip or sidewalk adjacent to a roadway without a permit would be prohibited.
See the entire proposal (PDF).
CATEGORIES: County Executive
POSTED AT: Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM