WHEATON, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Montgomery County is launching a new initiative to stop panhandling and prevent accidents.

County Executive Isaiah Leggett announced the new program, called “Give a Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out” on Monday in Wheaton.

This new program encourages drivers to help those in need by contributing to the county’s social services agencies rather than giving cash directly to panhandlers.

County officials say the initiative is partially response to the fact that a known panhandler, Mary Josephine Fish, was killed in a traffic collision in May while on the median strip at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road.

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