Dec 4, 2012 8:16 PM by Siera Santos
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Asking for money along roads, after dark, with fighting words or on restaurant patios will soon be forbidden in unincorporated Larimer County under a new panhandling ordinance.
The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/TN7Bw5 ) county commissioners approved the measures Tuesday. It takes effect in 30 days. Violators face up to $1,000 fines.
The measure doesn't ban panhandling but restricts where and how it can happen. It prohibits panhandlers from knowingly asking the elderly, those with disabilities or children for money. County Commissioner Lew Gaiter says the ordinance aims to get panhandlers out of places where they pose a safety threat to themselves and the public.
Colorado Springs also recently adopted panhandling restrictions.
Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com
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