Pasco Cracks Down on Panhandling
If you’ve not seen it, you probably never leave the house. It seems as if there are more and more people standing on corners and at the edge of shopping center parking lots asking for money.
Sometimes it’s a female, sometimes it’s a male. Sometimes the person has a dog with them.
Almost all of them carry signs that say “homeless”, “anything helps” or God Bless”. According to WFLA, commissioners in Pasco County have decided that it’s gotten out of control and they are enacting a plan to do away with the panhandlers.
Pasco tries a new approach to curb panhandling.https://t.co/LEuWCauppH— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) February 24, 2022
The plan not only penalizes the panhandlers, but it also charges people who support them. Panhandling brings up many issues, including safety.
When a person stands next to traffic, they are more likely to cause an accident, get hit by a car or even robbed. Many regulations against panhandling have been difficult to enforce in the past due to current free speech laws.
The new law is more traffic-based. Commissioners say they are mostly concerned with people who ask for money in intersections or on roadways.
When drivers are focused on a person asking for money, they are less focused on the road and traffic. Panhandlers will now be given pamphlets with a list of resources if needed.
Pasco sheriff’s Deputies will be enforcing the new rules. Law breakers will be fined up to $500 for the first offense. The law should go into effect by the middle of March, 2022.
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