Recently the City of El Paso passed Ordinance 017992 which is known as the Safe Soliciting Ordinance. This ordinance is in response to safety concerns from the community. We are asking solicitors to avoid all medians, stay at least 15 feet away from the corner of any intersection, and to refrain from behaviors that might be considered aggressive or dangerous.
Aggressive solicitation is a growing social and public safety concern across the country and the locations indicated in the ordinance are high-risk areas where incidents are likely to occur. The City has passed the ordinance in order to address concerns about aggressive solicitations raised by its citizens. Besides aggressive solicitation, soliciting in dangerous areas like medians is also a concern the ordinance intends to address. The El Paso Police Department is the agency enforcing the ordinance.
A solicitor is an individual or a group of individuals who are requesting a donation or thing of value. It may include an exchange of money for an item or service of some value. Solicitors can be individuals, organizations, or a group of individuals who are fundraising.
This ordinance is directed at the community as a whole. In addition to those soliciting; citizens who donate, contribute, or purchase from a solicitor from their vehicle on a public road can be fined as well.
Solicitation is restricted within 15 feet from the corner of any intersection or from any median.
Solicitors in violation of Ordinance 017992 can be given a warning or issued a citation if the solicitor is non-compliant after an initial warning.