In other cities nationwide, solicitation in roadways or medians between two roadways has resulted in death or serious injury to pedestrians engaged in the activity. For instance, in Memphis, on two separate occasions, street vendors were struck and killed by automobiles. Failure to enforce such laws could result in death or serious injury in Indianapolis. It is not the intention of law enforcement to interfere or impede the work of any organization. General Ordinance No. 356, 2001 and IC 35-42-2-4 have been enacted to protect pedestrians, solicitors and motorists from injury or death resulting from such activities.
IC 35-42-2-4 prohibits persons from obstructing vehicular traffic. Violators of the state law are subject to arrest. General Ordinance No. 356, 2001 prohibits persons from using roadways or medians between two roadways for the purposes of solicitation. It does not apply to persons who use sidewalks, parking lots and other public places for solicitation, provided the person is not obstructing vehicular traffic or is not violating other city ordinances or state or federal laws. Violators of the ordinance are subject to a ticket and a fine.
As with all policies implemented and enforced by IMPD, this enforcement policy will be applied equally to all persons violating the ordinance and state law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability, without exception, in all IMPD districts. The enforcement policy will be applied equally to all charitable organizations, schools, student organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, for-profit or not-for-profit organizations and other citizens.
Indianapolis - Marion County Municipal CodeSection 431-702. Prohibited Activity in Roadways. It shall be unlawful for a pedestrian to sit, stand or move within or upon a roadway, or a median between two roadways, for the purpose of or while engaged in:
Section 431-703. Interference With Vehicular Traffic. It shall be unlawful for a person to solicit, peddle, sell, advertise, donate, or distribute any product, property, or service, including but not limited to tickets, handbills, newspapers, or other printed material, to an occupant of a vehicle within or upon a roadway, or to engage in conversation or discourse with an occupant of a vehicle within or upon a roadway, so as to:
Indiana CodeIC 35-42-2-4. Obstructing Traffic.
(a) A person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic commits obstruction of traffic, a Class B misdemeanor.
(b) The offense described in subsection (a) is:
Enforcement and Consequences
Identification RequirementsIf an officer observes a violation, the violator must provide name, address, and date of birth or drivers license to the officer upon request. Failure to provide identification is a violation of Indiana Code 34-28-5-3.5. Refusing to provide identification for an infraction or ordinance violation may result in an arrest.