New Albany pushes to end roadside collection drives

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NEW ALBANY – Charities may soon no longer be able to collect at the side of the road in a southern Indiana city.

In a 5-3 vote, the New Albany City Council approved a ban on collections along city roads. The council is expected to vote on the proposal a third and final time on Feb. 21.

Last year, 18 groups received permission to collect money at the side of the road. While the causes were worthy of support, supporters of the ban said safety should come first.

Violating the ordinance could carry a $100 fine.

Council members who voted against the proposal want to consider exemptions allowing charitable groups continue collecting money.

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