Organizations planning to collect donations at city intersections must now apply for a permit first.
The Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety recently passed a list of rules and procedures for collections along highways.
"We don't want anyone to get hurt along the roadways and make sure everyone is using common sense when they are out there," Brazil City Police Detective Clint McQueen said.
"Patrol officers saw the need for a list of procedures and we collaborated with the city administration to put them together."
Conditions now state that those collecting must be dressed in highly visible clothing, along with a safety vest, and be no younger than 15-years-old.
"It is a preventative measure because collectors can obstruct traffic at times," Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said. "It is a safety concern not only for the collectors, but the drivers as well.
Those who do not have safety vests available can pick them up at the Brazil Clerk-Treasurer's Office at City Hall with a $20 deposit when filling out the permit application, which has no cost.
"There have been times when the vests have not been returned," City of Brazil Human Resources/Safety Employee Mary Staub, who helped draft the policies, said.
Other terms in the procedures include:
* No highway collection shall take place between sunset and sunrise,
* No collection can take place during inclement weather or abnormal atmospheric conditions,
* Each collection site shall have at least one "collection supervisor" who shall have a copy of the permit in their possession, and
* Collection supervisors must be over the age of 18 and can supervise no more than three collectors under the age of 18.
"Visibility is a factor in these collections and there are times where there are a lot of kids out there," McQueen said. "This isn't limited to local groups either, but we want to ensure the safety of everyone, motorists and collectors, while they are out there."
To apply for a highway collection permit, or for more information, contact the Brazil Clerk-Treasurer's Office at 448-8403.