Minneapolis has banned drive-through windows to reduce traffic fatalities.
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Minneapolis has banned drive-through windows to reduce traffic fatalities.

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The Minneapolis City Council has passed an ordinance that prohibits the future building of drive-thrus with the goal of reducing traffic fatalities, reports Minnesota Public Radio.

The new ordinance will not close any current or pre-existing drive-thru constructions as they are grandfathered in under a prior ordinance, reports The Drive. Rather, the measure no longer allows the construction of new drive-thrus for banks, restaurants, ATMs, liquor stores, and other businesses.

However, businesses would still be allowed to designate a parking space for dropping off or picking up goods.

Advocates say the move will cut down on vehicle noise and idling as well as make sidewalks safer.

New drive-thrus are already prohibited in 17 of the city's 23 zoning districts, but this policy would extend the ban to remaining areas, which include industrial and some commercial districts, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Those who oppose the ban say the restriction could make accessing businesses and restaurants more difficult for people with disabilities.

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