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Summer Basketball Safety Concerns for Parents

DELAWARE (Ben Garbarek) – It’s a rite of passage for many kids during the summer, but some parents are afraid it’ll get a child seriously hurt.

Some parents met with city leaders in Delaware to talk about how to keep kids safe that play basketball in the street.

“They’re children,” said parent Mindy Chemacki.  “They’re not always conscious of their surroundings.  (It’s) just a recipe for disaster and somebody is going to get hurt.”

There’s a city ordinance banning kids from playing sports in the street, but police admit it’s not a high priority for them to enforce that law.

Mayor Gary Milner says he doesn’t think the ordinance is needed.

“It’s safer for kids to be out playing basketball in the street that know they have to watch for traffic,” Milner said.  “(That’s safer) than someone that darts out into the street on a whim and gets hit.”

Some say better parental supervision is what’s needed.

“I have nothing against basketball,” said parent Brandi Moore.  “I love that kids are getting exercise.  I just think as parents we need to be more vigilant to make sure we’re giving our kids what they need and I don’t know if telling them to play in the street is the right thing.”

The Delaware City Council will talk about getting rid of the ordinance at its next meeting.   A vote could come as early as next month.

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