Kent County Daily Times: Council mulls signage to discourage panhandling

Jul 25, 2018 Updated Jul 25, 2018

WEST WARWICK -- The West Warwick Town Council is considering placing signs at popular panhandling areas throughout town to discourage drivers from participating.

“We had someone come before us about a year ago about panhandling,” he said at a council meeting. “It seems like it's eased up a little bit in West Warwick, but we still have a couple of problem areas.”

He specifically referenced the corner of New London Ave and Centerville Road near On the Roch's, probably the most popular panhandling location in town, and said just a small number of signs in those spots might help deter the problem. Gosselin saw signs in another town discouraging drivers from giving money rather than discouraging individuals from collecting it.

“It doesn't discriminate against panhandling, but it strongly advises not to support it,” said Gosselin. “I know it's ramping down but I don't think it's a bad idea to purchase some signs and put them up in problem areas.”

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