Enfield Police Department

A Message from the Chief;

RE: “Kids Playing in the street”

We bump into this question every now and again, particularly with the advent of warmer weather. There is no statutory prohibition about kids playing in the street per se. Statute prohibits: Obstructing traffic, obstructing free passage, generating unreasonable noise or failure to disperse under reasonable official request. The neighborhood, time of day and traffic density figure into deciding whether a crime has been committed or not. Reasonableness is the greatest factor in the equation. Playing street hockey on main road would be a problem. Generally playing street hockey on a dead end road or in a cul-de-sac would not, unless it was late, the kids refused to move when cars came or were being overly loud or profane, etc.

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