Dayton panhandlers, pedestrian crashes targeted in new laws

Dayton leaders are proposing changes they say will reduce crashes involving vehicles and pedestrians, but the measures also could force panhandlers out of some of their favorite solicitation spots.

A proposed new law would prohibit people from remaining on medians or islands of about 50 specific roads and would prevent people from approaching vehicles on those roads.

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City officials reported more than 685 pedestrian strikes in the last decade, with 20 pedestrian fatalities since 2013.

The rules would apply to Dayton’s 51 sections of arterial roadways, which includes interstates, freeways, expressways and other principal roads.

Some examples of arterial roads include Interstate 75, U.S. 35, Ohio 4 east of I-75, Ludlow Street, Wayne Avenue, Patterson Boulevard and parts of Main Street.

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The plan also calls for an ordinance to prohibit pedestrians from coming within 3 feet of any vehicle operating on an arterial road. Drivers also would be prohibited from slowing down and pulling over to approach a pedestrian stopped on a median or island.

The city commission will consider the changes next week.

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