Ban on panhandlers in Eugene is denied by Eugene City Council

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EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene City Council denied a proposal to keep panhandlers out of the streets on Monday night.

The proposal would prohibit drivers and passengers on the road from handing items to people in attempts to keep pedestrians out of the roadway and at a safe distance from traffic.

The proposal mirrors one already in effect in nearby Springfield, where police have applauded the results since it took effect in 2016.

The City of Astoria recently approved a similar measure.

The proposal - officially called "Unlawful Transfer on Vehicular Portion of the Right-of-Way" - would prohibit drivers and passengers on the road from handing items to people.

The move would not ban panhandling. A driver could still pull over to a legal parking space and hand an item to someone outside the car.

Councilors took up the question in January at the request of Councilor Mike Clark.

"I bring it up as a safety issue amongst other reasons," Clark said. "I'm hopeful that we can support the process of - since it's been so successful in Springfield to keep people safe in the roadways and in the medians - that we can at least bring for a public hearing and have a discussion about it and hear from the public about it."



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