Dayton Mayor Directs Police To Crack Down On Panhandlers

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – The mayor of an Ohio city has directed police to crack down on panhandlers who violate the law.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says she routinely sees panhandlers entering the road to collect money from drivers in violation of local ordinances.

The Dayton Daily News reports she directed the police chief to be more aggressive enforcing the rules. Those rules also prohibit panhandlers from touching people without their consent.

Whaley is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. The city of Dayton repealed stricter limits on panhandling last year due to concerns that they violated free speech protections.

Local officials have encouraged people to donate to charity instead of giving directly to people asking for money on the street.