County looks to ban sales from medians

(Source: Pima County Board of Supervisors)
(Source: Pima County Board of Supervisors)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Selling from Pima County medians may soon be prohibited if the county supervisors can find three votes to approve a new ordinance.

According to the purpose and intent of the ordinance, the vendors greatly increase the chance of injury, interrupts normal traffic flow and increases traffic delays.

The City of Tucson passed a ban on median sales 12 years ago.

The county ordinance will be similar to the one in effect in Tucson.

The county says the ordinance is needed to protect the safety of not only the people who sell or solicit in the medians but for motorists as well.

However, there some question whether the proposed ban will muster enough support to pass.

District 5 Supervisor Rich Elias doubts it does in part because of the difficult economic times.

"These are folks who struggle financially and this gives them employment and a way to make a living." he says. "A lot of people in this town are in that circumstance."

Safety is cited as one of the issues the ordinance will address but again Elias says that's not a concern for him.

He says county transportation checked their records and found in the past 10 years there have been 20,000 accidents at medians and only two of the involved vendors.

The proposed ban will also affect people who sell on street corners or other areas which are county rights of way.

The county votes on the proposed ban next week and if passed it will go into effect in early July.

The board needs three votes to pass it.

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