If you happen to be in Delaware, you’re much safer right now. No, not because Joe Biden’s motorcade isn’t in his home state at the moment — but because the DoT is tightly enforcing a No Hoop Zone for your own safety:
The McCaffertys and at least seven other residents of Radnor Green and Ashbourne Hills received letters warning them this would happen. Police and Delaware Department of Transportation officials say their hoops, angled toward the street, violate the state’s Free Zone law, which prohibits hoops, trees, shrubs and other objects from being within seven feet of the pavement’s edge in subdivisions.
The McCaffertys won Round 1, as at least five police cars and a few trucks of DelDOT workers left shortly after a News Journal photographer arrived.
A 2005 state law specifically directs DelDOT to remove things that are in the right of way, which includes the small spat of grass before the curb begins in many neighborhoods. This is done to protect motorists and the people playing sports, according to the law.
I for one will sleep better at night — and I don’t even live in Delaware.
Five police cars and a few trucks of DoT workers? I don’t want to hear another word about there not being enough manpower to fill potholes and catch rapists.
There are still some hoop holdouts who won’t budge:
If basketball poles are outlawed, only outlaws will have basketball poles.
Sheesh… Michelle Obama tells everybody to get off their big butts and out to shoot some hoops because being obese is dangerous, and when they do, The State confiscates their basketball poles because they’re too dangerous. When the exercise police engage in a paradoxical power struggle with the safety patrol, nobody wins.