Lufkin unanimously approves ban on panhandling
POSTED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:44pm
Lufkin, TX —
The Lufkin City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance prohibiting panhandling and solicitation of vehicle occupants on city roadways.
City officials have been citing an increase in solicitation by individuals from vehicle occupants in traffic on public streets, which could threaten the safety and welfare of vehicle occupants and pedestrians, as a reason for introducing the measure.
“This is simply an attempt to provide better protection to our driving public and also the pedestrians that are in the medians or areas of danger,” City Manager Paul Parker told council members.
“We went through all the aspects of this while we’re still trying to protect the First Amendment rights of everyone and protect those in the driving lanes and the driving public. We believe this ordinance does that.”
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