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Sun Prairie police crack down on panhandling at busy roads

September 12, 2019


BRITTANY — OFFERING MONEY TO PANHANDLERS AT A BUSY INTERSECTION… COULD COST YOU UP TO THREE-HUNDRED-DOLLARS IF SUN PRAIRIE POLICE CATCH YOU. DANNIKA — STARTING TODAY… THE CITY WILL ENFORCE A NEW POLICY THAT AIMS TO KEEP PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS ON THE ROAD SAFE. NEWS THREE THIS MORNING REPORTER, EDEN CHECKOL, HAS MORE ON WHY THIS IS GOING INTO EFFECT. GOOD MORNING EDEN! EDEN — GOOD MORNING ADAM AND DANNIKA! THE PRESIDENT OF THE SUN PRAIRIE COMMON COUNCIL SAYS… THIS CITY HAS SEEN MORE PANHANDLERS…EVER SINCE MADISON ENFORCED STRICTER RULES ON PEOPLE BEGGING FOR MONEY. BUT NOW…A NEW POLICY WILL GO INTO EFFECT…THAT WILL HOPEFULLY CHANGE THAT. EDEN — ANYONE STANDING ON THE MEDIAN OF A HIGHWAY…OR ON THE MEDIAN OF A CROSS STREET WITHIN 200 FEET OF A HIGHWAY…WILL BE CITED 25 TO 300 DOLLARS IF CAUGHT. DRIVERS WHO STOP TO GIVE MONEY TO PANHANDLERS WILL ALSO BE FINED. CITY LEADERS SAY…WHEN DRIVERS MAKE SUDDEN STOPS ON BUSY INTERSECTIONS TO GIVE MONEY…IT CAN LEAD TO CAR CRASHES…ESPECIALLY
IN DANGEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS…WHEN IT’S SNOWING OR RAINING. SUN PRAIRIE CITY LEADERS SAY…THIS RULE ISN’T ABOUT BEING UNWELCOMING TO PANHANDLERS…IT’S ABOUT KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE. (((“07;36 “Some people think we’re doing it because we don’t like the intimidation…the looks of panhandlers. That’s not why I voted for it. Desperate people do desperate things. They need money and I hope people continue to give them money some other way…just not in the middle of our streets.” 07;51″))) EDEN — FOR THE LAST 6 WEEKS, SUN PRAIRIE POLICE HAVE BEEN GOING AROUND THE CITY…INFORMING PANHANDLERS ABOUT THE NEW POLICY. …EVEN HANDING THEM BROCHURES WITH A LIST OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM LIKE SHELTERS AND FOOD PANTRIES IN THE AREA. EDEN — FOR NOW…POLICE WILL ONLY GIVE VERBAL WARNINGS…IF THEY CATCH YOU ON A POPULAR MEDIAN FOR PANHANDLING LIKE THAT ONE…ON HIGHWAY C. BUT AFTER A WHILE…THEY WILL START CITING PEOPLE WHO DON’T FOLLOW THE RULES. BACK TO YOU.

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