Chapter 9.18
PEDESTRIAN INFLUENCE

Sections:

9.18.010    Pedestrian influence.

9.18.020    Prohibited acts.

9.18.030    Violation – Penalty.

9.18.010 Pedestrian influence.

The following definitions apply in this section:

A. “Aggressively beg” means to beg with intent to intimidate another person into giving money or goods.

B. “Beg” means to ask for money or goods as a charity, whether by words, bodily gestures, signs or other means.

C. “Obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic” means to walk, stand, sit, lie, or place an object in such a manner as to block passage by another person or a vehicle, or to require another person or a driver of a vehicle to take evasive action to avoid physical contact. Acts authorized as an exercise of one’s constitutional right to picket or to legally protest shall not constitute obstruction of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

D. “Public place” is an area generally visible to public view and includes alleys, bridges, buildings, driveways, parking lots, parks, plazas, sidewalks, and streets open to the general public, including those that serve food or drink or provide entertainment, and the doorways and entrances to buildings or dwellings and the grounds enclosing them. (Ord. 1899 § 1(A), 1988)

9.18.020 Prohibited acts.

A person is guilty of pedestrian interference if, in a public place, he or she intentionally:

A. Obstructs pedestrian or vehicular traffic; or

B. Aggressively begs. (Ord. 1899 § 1(B), 1988)

9.18.030 Violation – Penalty.

Pedestrian interference may be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.00, by imprisonment in jail not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 1899 § 1(C), 1988)