Standing in median no longer allowed in Phoenix

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Pedestrians will no longer be permitted to loiter at medians in Phoenix.

KPHO-TV reports that city officials approved an ordinance Wednesday that makes standing in the median illegal.

The ordinance goes into effect immediately because it includes an "emergency clause."

The Phoenix City Council says the ordinance is intended to prevent jaywalking, which resulted in nearly 150 injuries or fatalities in Phoenix last year.

But advocates for the homeless say the amended law is only making things harder for people already struggling.

Violators of the law would first get a documented warning from an officer. Another violation calls for a $250 fine. Any more violations could mean a misdemeanor charge and jail time.

Advocates say affordable housing developments in the city don't accept anyone with recent misdemeanors.

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Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/