On Dec. 18 A Public Opinion reports that a Florida HOA has decided to place a ban on playing in the streets in their small gated community. The HOA sites that there is only one narrow street through the community and people often speed through the neighborhood to get home. Parents are reacting saying that it's unreasonable especially since no other preventative measures have been taken before the ban was set into motion.
Parents get that this is a safety concern, however, despite there being other places for children to play, most of them are too far from the children's homes for their parents to feel comfortable allowing it. With no other preventative measures such as ticket citations, a posted sign, lowered speed limit, or even a speed bump in the road, parents feel that the Miramar home-owner's association is setting a bad precedent for speeders and giving them greater access to speeding without regard to those that live in the community.
Many parents feel as if the HOA is stepping out of bounds as it should be fine that children play close to home, especially in an area that is only limited to those that live there. Many of the parents are now claiming that they feel as if the HOA, made up mostly of older members who likely played in their own neighborhood streets as children, are attempting to force children inside instead of letting them have the freedom to play outside as children should be doing.
One Texas mom that lives in a small, rural area has this to say about the ban:
"I understand that they want to protect the children, but there has to be a compromise. Yes, you don't want kids to get hurt because of someone who is speeding but on the other hand, children shouldn't be locked up like prisoners either."
A native Florida mom says this about the ban for children playing in the streets:
"Why are kids being punished instead of those breaking the law by speeding? Why not ticket the speeders? It just doesn't make any sense. Keeping children safe is, of course, crucial, but this isn't the way to do it."
Do you agree with the playing in the street ban or should better and more preventative measures be taken to ensure the safety and happiness of everyone?