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Panhandling, jaywalking in Louisville could soon result in hefty fines

September 11, 2019


THEY’RE OFFERING INFORMATION
LIKE THIS PAMPHLET TO LET PEOPLE
KNOW ABOUT THE NEW RULES. IF YOU’VE DRIVEN ON SOME OF
LOUISVILLE’S BUSIEST ROADWAYS,
YOU’VE LIKELY SEEN PANHANDLERS
IN THE MEDIAN ENTERING THE
, ROADWAY OR APPROACHING CARS. BUT STARTING OCTOBER 9, LMPD
WILL BEGIN ENFORCING A NEW
ORDINANCE PROHIBITING IT.>>TRYING TO REGULATE AND
CORRECT DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR OF
RUNNING INTO THE STREET WAS
REALLY THE IMPETUS BEHIND THE
ORDINANCE. JULIE: LT. RON HEADY SAYS THE
ORDINANCE, PASSED BY METRO
COUNCIL IN AUGUST, PIGGYBACKS ON
STATE LAWS THAT ALREADY EXIST. THE GOAL IS TO PREVENT
DISTRACTED DRIVING AND PROTECT
PEDESTRIANS.>>YEAR TO DATE WE’VE GOT 15
PEDESTRIAN DEATHS IN THE CITY. SO OBVIOUSLY ANY DEATH OF A
, PEDESTRIAN THAT COULD BE
PREVENTED IS OBVIOUSLY TOO MANY. JULIE: THAT’S IN ADDITION TO THE
21 PEDESTRIAN DEATHS IN 2018. RIGHT NOW, OFFICERS ARE OFFERING
A TWO MONTH EDUCATIONAL GRACE
PERIOD TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT
THE NEW RULES THAT AFFECT NEARLY
200 ARTERIAL ROADWAYS IN
LOUISVILLE. AFTER THAT, FINES COULD BE GIVEN
OUT, WHICH CAN RANGE BETWEEN $25
AND $250.>>WE USE OFFICER DISCRETION FOR
ALL LAWS THAT ARE APPLICABLE. WE DON’T STOP EVERY CAR GOING
DOWN THE ROAD THAT IS FIVE MILES
OVER THE SPEED LIMIT. BUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS
RECOGNIZE DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR AND
MODIFY THAT, TO KEEP BOTH
DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS SAFE. JULIE: SOME OF THE RULES
INCLUDE, NO SOLICITING AT DARK,
CROSSING THE STREET ONLY A

3 Comments

  • Reply wayne's world September 3, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Most can work the others are probably getting a check

  • Reply Zainab Soofe September 3, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Panhandlers getting a hefty fine is a major irony…

  • Reply Pennywise September 4, 2019 at 7:20 am

    People giving these people money for doing nothing is what keeps them coming back.

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