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Montgomery Co. aims to stop panhandling, accidents

Monday - 9/9/2013, 9:11am  ET

WHEATON, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County is launching a new initiative to stop panhandling and prevent accidents.

WRC-TV reports ( that County Executive Isaiah Leggett will announce the new program called "Give a Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out" on Monday in Wheaton.

The program encourages drivers to donate to county social services rather than giving cash directly to panhandlers.

County officials said the new initiative is a response to the death of a known panhandler killed in traffic in the Wheaton area in May.

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