Albany law bans drivers helping panhandlers in the road

Police encouraged Albany residents to consider donating to local charities instead

The new law prohibits drivers giving money to individuals in the road. November 15, 2016, (Albany Police Department)
The new law prohibits drivers giving money to individuals in the road. November 15, 2016, (Albany Police Department)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A new law in Albany went into effect on Tuesday preventing drivers from passing money to panhandlers while they are in the road, police say.

The Albany Police Department released the following statement on the new law:

“The City of Albany and the Albany Police Department recognize the struggles of the needy in our community, but we also recognize the safety issues presented when people stop in traffic and hand things to pedestrians standing in or walking in traffic.”

Police encouraged Albany residents to consider donating to local charities instead of giving to panhandlers and “potentially feeding a person’s addition and increasing their struggle.”