Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — The Portland City Council is taking up a proposal that would ban panhandling from median strips, a measure sought by police and supported by many motorists.
In this file photo, Don Dietz, 48, panhandles for change in the median at the corner of Franklin Street and Marginal Way Friday, May 24, 2013.
Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says there's been a big increase in roadside panhandling since the City Council rejected a similar proposal a year ago.
He says it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed.
The city already bans aggressive panhandling. Sauschuck says his concern is panhandling in close proximity to cars and trucks on busy streets, a practice that becomes even more dangerous when alcohol is involved.