February 16, 2016 - 10:30 AM
KELOWNA - If you've ever felt uneasy when approached by a panhandler while stopped at a red light, you'll be relieved to know Kelowna RCMP and city bylaw officers have announced a crackdown on what they term 'aggressive roadside panhandling'.
RCMP will begin increased enforcement this week on people asking for money from motorists idling at intersections, Kelowna RCMP spokesman Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a press release.
Police allege the people are causing distractions and delays to passing motorists with their activities.
O’Donaghey says drivers should not feel compelled to offer money to anyone who approaches them at an intersection and should report the activity to Kelowna RCMP or city bylaw officers.
He says the Motor Vehicle Act prohibits soliciting from vehicles from a roadside or in an agressive manner, both carrying a fine of $109. The Safe Streets Act bans soliciting from a person in a vehicle, and comes with a fine of $86.
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