Median-safety law passes council
The installations are in accordance with City Council's median-safety ordinance, which is expected to reduce panhandling, even though the law doesn't use that term. Signs started going up in mid-February.
Among the first 17 sites are two on the Westside:
- 31st Street between Colorado Avenue and Highway 24.
- Chestnut Street and Garden of the Gods Road.
The law identifies dangerous medians as those less than 4 feet wide on streets with speed limits of 30 mph or more.
A median must have an “Unlawful” sign posted before police can cite a violator. Fines are up to $500. However, the ordinance stipulates no jail time.
The signs started going up after council voted final approval of the ordinance in February after a public hearing in January.
Median panhandling spread due to court rulings that it was free speech.
Westside Pioneer article