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Signs going up to enforce median safety ordinance in Colorado Springs

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Colorado Springs city crews got to work Wednesday morning putting up signs at intersections impacted by the ban on people standing in medians.

City council unanimously approved the measure on Tuesday. It forbids pedestrians from occupying narrow medians less than four feet in diameter with sloped sides, or where speed limits exceed 30 miles per hour.  

Violators face the possibility of probation or a fine up to $500.

The ordinance explains that "use of such medians on higher volume and higher speed roadways poses a safety hazard to the user and passing motor vehicles."

Following the vote, the American Civil Liberties Union reaffirmed their stance on the ordinance. “It remains our position that the Colorado Springs median ordinance is overly broad, and contrary to claims made by the city, we fully anticipate that it will be selectively enforced against people who are homeless in order to restrict their First Amendment right to peacefully ask for charity," John Krieger, spokesperson for the ACLU of Colorado, told News 5.

The ACLU believes the true intention is to unlawfully remove homeless persons and solicitors from public spaces. Council is confident it will hold up in court.

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Read the full ordinance here.

ACLU rips Springs' proposed median safety ordinance

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