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Lexington leaders and local law enforcement are raising concerns about the effectiveness of the city’s year-old Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Ordinance, a measure meant to curb intrusive panhandling on bustling roadways.

A police department in central Kentucky is advising motorists to stop giving money to panhandlers.

City of Lexington

The city of Lexington has installed signs at busy intersections asking people not to give to panhandlers.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the signs are part of an effort to restrict panhandling after the state Supreme Court ruled the city's ordinance outlawing begging on public streets was unconstitutional.

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A city ordinance barring panhandlers and other pedestrians from approaching cars or standing in the roadway in 75 high-traffic areas will hit the docket later this week.

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With Lexington’s anti-panhandling ordinance struck down and the practice on the rise, city leaders are trying out new language aimed at protecting pedestrians on or near roadways.

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The city of Lexington is launching a new program to pick up panhandlers and offer them work in a bid to cut down on the practice, which has been on the rise in recent months.


The panhandling surge in Lexington has captured the attention of city leaders and law enforcement.