WHEATON, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County is launching a new initiative to stop panhandling and prevent accidents.
WRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/18OR6Xj) 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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