Southwestern Indiana town bans toys from its streets

FORT BRANCH, Ind. (AP) — Parents in a southwestern Indiana town now face big fines if their kids leave their toys behind in the community’s streets.

The Fort Branch Town Council approved a ban Wednesday on toys on its streets that will cost offenders $50 for their first offense and $100 for the second one.

The Princeton Daily Clarion reports the town’s police department will determine what the penalty will be for a third or subsequent offenses.

Marshal Rick Sides told council members he recently saw two streets in the town about 20 miles north of Evansville where pieces of steel and a pipe were set up as ramps for skateboarders.

He says kids have also been playing hockey and basketball in the streets and the problem is worsening, posing a public safety threat.

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