We want your opinions

July 23, 2006

ISSUE:

Minors soliciting money from motorists on Anne Arundel County roads could be fined $100 if the County Council approves a bill that has been drafted by Vice Chairwoman Cathleen M. Vitale, a Severna Park Republican.

A violation of Vitale's proposed ban would be considered similar to a traffic infraction, and Vitale said she might consider revising the legislation to empower police officers to issue warnings. Citations for those 16 and older would be handled in District Court; violators under 16 would go to juvenile court.

While some youth groups rely on roadside fundraising, Vitale said she is concerned about the safety of young people darting in and out of roads.

YOUR VIEW:

Do you think the County Council should approve a bill that fines minors for soliciting money on county roads? Should the county seek authority from the state to ban all fundraising in county roads?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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