Clarksville City Leaders Look To Crack Down On Panhandling

Posted at 10:04 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 23:24:54-04

To some it may seem like harmless charity, but Clarksville city leaders said panhandling can put you in danger.

Now, Clarksville City Council members have been looking to crack down on panhandling by making it against the law.

If you're caught breaking the proposed law, you'd have to pay $50 plus court costs.

Several city council members said panhandling puts people at risk, especially when the person asking for money steps out into the road, but many people have questioned whether the law will work.

NewsChannel 5 talked to one person panhandling Monday who said the law wouldn't stop him.

“They’ve given me a ticket before, they’ve put me in jail before, and I'm still out here,” explained the panhandler, who said his name was Steve.

The Clarksville City Council passed the ordinance on its first reading last week by a vote of 9 to 2, and the council will take up the ordinance again in October, when it could then become law.