Resident Says Police Should Ticket Teens in Street

Borough resident who lives near Lions Playground addresses Emmaus Council for the second time about teens skateboarding in the streets.

An Emmaus resident who addressed borough council last month about teens loitering and around returned last night to share what he believes to be a solution to the problem – ticketing the youngsters.

Jack Nonnemacher, 503 Franklin St., addressed during the public comment portion of last night’s council meeting to tell council that he had been delving into the “rules and regulations” that Borough Manager Shane Pepe had emailed to him.

Nonnemacher said that based on his interpretation of various parts of the motor vehicle code, the teens hanging out in the streets in the borough are breaking the law. And, he said, that includes those on foot, on skateboards, on rollerblades, on bicycles or on scooters.

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According to the code, if there is a sidewalk, they should be on the sidewalk, he said. If there isn't a sidewalk, he added, they should be as close to the side of the road as possible.

“Technically they are violating the vehicle code and they should be warned and fined,” Nonnemacher said. “There is no reason for anyone in this town to be riding a skateboard in the middle of the street."

Tickets could be used as a means to change the growing habit of disrespect. (The law) should be enforced with a grain of salt. It could be a solution that will still make Emmaus a good and friendly community to live in,” he said.

Borough Councilman Brent Labenberg sympathized with Nonnemacher's concerns about the skateboarders in the streets. He said that when he worked the Central Fire Station polling location on Election Day there were four teens on skateboards in the middle of the street the whole time he was there.

“They were not on the side of the street, they were in the middle of the road. This needs to be enforced. This is ridiculous,” Labenberg said.

Lesa Schafer Simmons May 09, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I have no problem with kids playing in the street but when they don't move when I am three feet away from them that's when I have a problem. I live across the street from the park so I travel that road every day. I wish they would build a park. It may be the best solution to getting them off the streets. I have two small children and on numerous occasions I've had to approach the skateboarders and ask them to please control their language. I don't need my kids hearing their vulgar profanity. And what do I get for doing that....retaliation. Doorbells rung at midnight. Toothpaste on our door handles. Just to mention a few Yes. These are good kids. NOT! Build the park. Please!
Elaine Kneller May 11, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Elaine I agree that the kids should have a place for themselves to ride their bikes or do their skateboarding or skating. I live across from a Elementary school and they have picnic tables and benches on the playground. I have seen them being ruined by skateboarders. They have also ruined cement steps and ramps on school property. I don't mind the kids skateboarding or riding bikes or skating at all, but they should get out of the way of traffic. Which they don't. You don't know how many times I had to stop and wait for them because they would not move. I asked why they don't go on the parking lot that is empty and not used. Answer: It is to bumpy. Yes they should have a place of their own but they should also know that they can not be in the middle of the streets and hanging around the parked cars onl the streets.
Jeff Lotte May 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
So it would seem that most every one of you who has posted a reply here would like to see a place provided for these kids ( some adults like to skateboard too) to have at their activities. I would suggest you show up for the council meetings and the parks and recreations meetings and tell them that. These kids have been unsuccessfully trying to get a place for 15 years that I am aware of. They have been in front of council many many times asking for somewhere to ride. The borough has yet to supply them with anything. Don't bitch about the kids, take a look to the people you elected to take care of this stuff who are NOT doing it.
tamarya May 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I agree they need a park, but to explain how your comment sounds I like to bowl so are you saying if they rip down all bowling alleys, instead of giving up bowling I should bowl in the street because there is no where to go? I wonder how many complaints that would get if I just start throwing objects at people or their belongings trying to knock them over.
Jeff Lotte June 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
LOL! Theres some real political logic, are you a politician, tamara? They never had an area to do their activities that was torn down, you do have a bowling alley to partake in your activity.


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