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Sherman targets panhandlers... again

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A woman accepts money from a motorist at a Sherman intersection. (File/KTEN) A woman accepts money from a motorist at a Sherman intersection. (File/KTEN)
Sherman officials say street corner solicitations endanger motorists and panhandlers. (File/KTEN) Sherman officials say street corner solicitations endanger motorists and panhandlers. (File/KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Six months ago, we told you the City of Sherman passed an ordinance to keep panhandlers away from busy intersections.

But the effort was not effective.

"There's too much going on, and it's a dangerous situation," said city spokesman Nate Strauch.

Streetcorner financial appeals in Sherman are an ongoing problem. City leaders say they get frequent calls about people in the roadways.

"There are near-misses virtually every single day, as far as people being hurt, people being run into, cars running into each other," Strauch said.

Earlier this year, the Sherman City Council passed an ordinance making it illegal to solicit for money at busy intersections.

"We found that that has not been very effective, so City Council is taking the next step and making it illegal to loiter at all in certain intersections in the city," Strauch said.

One of those intersections is at the corner of Highway 82 and Highway 75. If you've driven in this area before, you've probably noticed someone asking for money. But now violators will be subject to a $200 fine.

Sherman police spokesman Sgt. D.M. Hampton said the real danger is to the public's safety -- both the person soliciting money and motorists.

"You never know if people will end up being distracted," he said. "Someone could end up getting hurt or killed."

The new ordinance takes effect Tuesday, and there will be no grace period for violators.

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