Broward County is considering banning begging and soliciting at twenty major intersections within the county.
The Highway Construction and Engineering Division has identified the twenty intersections with the highest traffic volume and which therefore pose the greatest risk to both solicitors and drivers alike.
The ordinance would effectively ban begging, but also solicitation efforts. This includes children and adults collecting money for school, charity or community activities. It would also ban the selling of flowers, newspapers and any other items at the identified high traffic volume intersections.
If passed, begging would be banned at the following locations:
- State Road 84 and University Drive
- State Road 84 and Flamingo Road
- State Road 84 and Pine Island Road
- Sunrise Boulevard and NW 31st Avenue
- Sunrise Boulevard and NW 27th Avenue
- Sunrise Boulevard and NW 24th Avenue
- State Road 7 and SW 20th Street
- State Road 84 and Davie Road
- State Road 84 and 136th Avenue
- Broward Boulevard and SW 27th Avenue
- State Road 7 and Davie Boulevard
- Broward Boulevard and NW 31st Avenue
- State Road 84 and Nob Hill Road
- Federal Highway (U.S. 1) and Griffin Road
- Davie Boulevard/Davie Boulevard Extension and Peters Road
- Peters Road and NW 46th Avenue
- Coconut Creek Parkway/Hammondville Road and NW 3st Avenue
- State Road 84 and Hiatus Road
- NW 31st Avenue and NW 6th Street
- NW 27th Avenue and NW 6th Street
The majority of these intersections are in Davie and Fort Lauderdale.
According to data from the state's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 197 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents between 2011 and 2014 in Broward County.
Statewide, more than 2,000 pedestrians were killed during that same period.
Tuesday's hearing is slated to take place at 2 p.m.