Arlington Considers Earlier Curfew for Solicitors

City Council proposal aims for more safety, less nuisance

By Mola Lenghi
|  Thursday, Mar 22, 2012  |  Updated 7:23 PM CDT
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The city of Arlington is proposing a new door-to-door solicitation curfew, which would mean no more knocking on doors after 6 p.m.

Mola Lenghi, Arlington Reporter

The city of Arlington is proposing a new door-to-door solicitation curfew, which would mean no more knocking on doors after 6 p.m.

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The Arlington City Council is considering changes to the city's rules for door-to-door soliciting.

The proposal would set a 6 p.m. curfew for door-to-door solicitors.

"It would allow for citizens to be at home at night and not have to be interrupted by door-to-door salesmen coming to their homes," Councilman Robert Rivera said.

Currently, people can solicit in Arlington until 8 p.m. for a small fee and after a screening by the city.

The council is also considering how solicitors should identify themselves, from city-issued IDs and licenses that would be worn visibly to fluorescent-colored tops.

The changes would likely apply to anyone selling anything, including for-profit groups, nonprofits, magazine salespeople and Girl Scouts.

The changes would keep solicitors from bothering residents but would also target people who might pose as solicitors.

"That is something that does threaten and alarm certain residents in our community," Rivera said.

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