ORANGE PARK, Fla. – One local law enforcement department is cracking down on panhandling problems along busy intersections.
Pushy panhandlers are taking over in Orange Park and raising the risk of serious crashes.
"They'll approach motorists, they'll shake on car doors," said Sgt. Glenn Zier with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. "They'll scare them, especially female drivers. They'll scare them, try to intimidate them into giving them money."
Zier reports the department saw an uptick this year compared to last.
A favorite spot for roadside begging? Blanding Boulevard and Wells Road near the Orange Park mall.
This comes as deputies in Duval County are dealing with a family known for being habitual panhandlers.
We first told you about a local mom using her kids in the ploy – raking in hundreds of dollars in cash and gift cards.
Meanwhile Clay County deputies continue their fight to keep busy streets clear of dangerous distractions.
"They cause themselves to get run over which causes a major road closure if it's a fatality because of all the investigation that has to be done on that," said Zier. "They can just be standing there asking for money, cause a backup in traffic, which throws the light sequence off."
Soliciting for donations for a charitable cause is allowed if the proper permit is obtained through the county's zoning office.
If caught panhandling in Clay County, you could face up to one year in jail.