Michigan roadway donations now legal

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law making roadway donations legal after the attorney general said Michigan's traffic code didn't allow them. Charities or civic groups can solicit donations on public streets if they follow rules set by local governments.

For some drivers, panhandlers are more of a problem,
but for Lansing Police Department, this is more of a safety concern.

"We put our citizen's in danger of being hit, injured, and a fatal situation," Captain Daryl Green said.

They must carry at least $500,000 in liability insurance. Anyone collecting money must do it at an intersection where lights or stop signs are present, but Lansing Police don't think it's a good idea.

"It's never been a recommendation for people to solicit donations in a public roadway. First of all, it's unsafe and we would recommend for people to move off the roadway and solicit donations there," Green added.

Some drivers say it's not a problem as long as people are paying attention to the roads and driving safely.

"I like it as long as they're safe," Emili Za Nolle said.