Here is one of Jim's previous posts on the subject.
Here is another.
After reading the Permit and Ordinance, having experienced numerous instances of intersection solicitation, and being the father of two, here are my two cents. I believe it should be banned, but not because I have a heart of stone. Rather, it is an unnecessary heightened risk of danger to life and limb. Common sense dictates anytime you allow people, including children, in the road alongside moving vehicles, there is the risk of injury. There are too many other public places where the solicitation could take place (i.e., parks, county buildings, commercial property, etc.) that are an appropriate substitute.
And its not just the obvious danger of darting between moving vehicles. I've seen drivers brake unexpectedly in order to fish around for change (or wait for a peddler to approach their car). Meanwhile, the light is green and the drivers behind them assume traffic is moving.
Making my case, the Ordinance and Application for Permit provide the following:
(1) the Rankin County Board of Supervisors requests written indemnification from the soliciting organization,
(2) those under the age of 16 are banned from participating,
(3) those aged 16 to 21 (yes, a 21 year old) must have written parental consent,
(4) there must be adult supervision at all times,
(5) the solicitation must only take place at non-rush hour times (because rush hour would be too, too dangerous),
(6) certain intersections are off-limits because they are more dangerous than other intersections, and
(7) the Sheriff's Department can shut down the solicitation at its sole discretion.
All of the above factors indicate knowledge on the part of the County that the solicitation presents a heightened risk of danger. The County expressly acknowledges this, but then allows it to happen (but not without obtaining written waiver of all liability for themselves).
I'm all for charitable organizations. I'm also all for the safety of our citizens. I'm not saying they are mutually exclusive. There are reasonable alternatives. Life is worth more than this.
Mark my words, this practice will be banned the first time a person (though you know it will be child) is injured by a moving car. Why wait for that to happen?
Charitable causes are worthy of reasoned debate. What are your thoughts?