The Warwick Board of Public Safety meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at WPD headquarters on Vets Memorial Drive @ 7pm.
The people are URGED to attend these meetings to voice your concerns regarding the escalating panhandling situation that is taking place within our community.
The people of Warwick must demand that our public safety ordinances --currently on the books--- are ENFORCED.
Sec. 40-8. - Loitering; police order to disperse.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, loaf, wander, stand or remain idle either alone and/or in consort with others in a public place in such manner so as to:
(1) Obstruct any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building by hindering or impeding or tend to hinder or impede the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicles, traffic or pedestrians.
(2) Commit in or upon any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building any act or thing which is an obstruction or interference to the free and uninterrupted use of property or with any business lawfully conducted by anyone in or upon or facing or fronting on any such public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building, all of which prevents the free and uninterrupted ingress, egress and regress, therein, thereon and thereto.
(b) When any person causes or commits any of the conditions enumerated in subsection (a) of this section, a police officer or any law enforcement officer shall order that person to stop causing or committing such conditions and to move on or disperse. Any person who fails or refuses to obey such orders shall be guilty of a violation of the section.
(c) Violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of $50.00 for the first and second offense by a person. The fine may be paid by mail or in person at the city municipal court. Upon the third and each subsequent violation of this section, a person shall be subject to the penalties set forth in section 1-4 of the Code.
(Code 1971, § 13-11; Ord. No. O-00-16, § I, 5-11-00)
Sec. 76-61. - Solicitation on roadway prohibited.
No person shall distribute literature to, request donations from, or in any other manner perform acts of solicitation of any type directed at the operator or any passenger of any motor vehicle in a travel lane, including motor vehicles stopped at intersections or in obedience to any traffic control device, on any public street or highways within the state.
(Code 1971, § 22-58)
Why are these ordinances not being enforced by our Warwick Police Department?
Why are the panhandlers not being removed from the middle of our roadways????
The people need to come together, organize and demand that our city laws are enforced and our roadways are safe!
You are also urged to contact your city councilperson and demand that our ordinances are enforced:
Richard Corley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also feel free to reach out to the Warwick Chief of Police to ask why our ordinances are not being enforced.
It is up to the PEOPLE to demand an accountable and responsible local government --and a safe, clean and lawful community!