Elizabethtown city council trying to end highway soliciting
Some local charities might be losing thousands of donors, but Elizabethtown officials believe losing those donors could potentially save lives.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some local charities might be losing thousands of donors, but Elizabethtown officials believe losing those donors could potentially save lives.
The city council is being asked to stop charities from collecting money at busy intersections. Some of those intersections are a gold mine for charities, but they can also dangerous.
"I seriously don't have an issue with it," John Weisbrodt said. "I don't drive too fast. I can avoid them easily, so as long as they're not jumping in front of me, I think it's OK."
Gary Bohannon understands the concern. "At the same time, though, it also creates traffic problems, and there's also the possibility of an accident, somebody getting hurt that way," he said.
The potential danger has the attention of Elizabethtown fire and police
"It's a real safety issue, and we feel like it probably needs to stop," said Maj. Jamie Land with Elizabethtown Police. "We are proposing that we no longer allow permit for folks to solicit on the highways."
On Monday, Land recommended Elizabethtown City Council eliminate permits for highway soliciting.
"We have provided the information in helping them make the best decision that they can," Land said.
In 2016, the city issued 18 permits and 26 so far this year.
"We are sympathetic with the charity organizations," city councilman Bill Bennett said. "We know they can collect a lot of money there, but ultimately, it's a safety issue."
Bennett said this is not the first time the council has heard these concerns.
"People have been concerned with the number of collections throughout the year, that's especially during the summer," he said.
Bennett said based on what the council heard on Monday, this will likely be the last year for highway soliciting in Elizabethtown.
"We had five city councilmen in favor of getting rid of it, one was on vacation, and we've spoken to him, and of course he is in favor of it as well," he said.
City council is expected to vote on the issues next month.
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