Posted: Jun 27, 2013 9:14 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
Montana Highway Patrol is sending troopers from as far away as Glasgow to help keep order for the Rainbow Gathering near Jackson.
More than 2,200 people are at the Rainbow site even though the actual gathering doesn't start until July 1.
That number is growing by the day, and Montana Highway Patrol is seeing an increase in the number of panhandlers on highways, interstates and county roads.
Now that the weather is turning hot and dry, the number of people coming to the area is expected to grow rapidly.
The Rainbow gathering is supposed to be a peaceful place where anyone is welcome, but MHP still advises some caution when coming into contact with panhandlers who may or may not be on their way to the gathering location.
"There's some good, honest people out there that are just trying to get a ride and there's some people that have criminal histories, there's some people that are I guess Violent Offenders, Sexual Offenders, stuff like that, that you need to be careful of, you need to be aware of," said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Tim Proctor. "Especially if you're traveling by yourself."
As long as panhandlers are off the paved portions of the roadway and are not interfering with traffic they are allowed to panhandle.