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Charities must stay out of the road when asking for donations

Charities and the homeless can no longer ask for money from people stopped in their cars.

Sit at enough stoplights, and chances are you will eventually have a person walk up to your car and ask for money. Firefighters do it for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Knights of Columbus does it. Sometimes they give you little paper flowers. My favorite is when they give you Tootsie Rolls.

But Attorney General Bill Scheutte says asking for money from a person in a motor vehicle is a civil infraction unless you are selling something.

Monty Nye (N – eye) is the liaison between the Michigan Professional Firefighters Association and Muscular Dystrophy Association.


“The Michigan Professional Firefighters is the number one sponsor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. And this is their number one way of getting funding and this is going to impact them.”

Nye says in the last 10 years, they have raised over 5-million dollars just from their roadside “Fill the Boot” campaign.