Fond du Lac teens could face fines for violating 'Safer at Home' order

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 13:23:24-04

FOND DU LAC (NBC 26) -- Children as young as 12 could face fines if they violate Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" order, the Fond du Lac Police Chief stated Thursday.

In a letter to the community, Police Chief William Lamb writes that since "Safer at Home" order was put in place, officers have encountered reports of younger people leaving their homes and engaging in activities that violate the state order.

While people are allowed to go outside, they need to practice social distancing, avoid using the playground, and not hang out in large groups.

The Chief said the City of Fond du Lac has created a new ordinance which specifically fines young people who violate the Safer at Home order. Citations for first-offense violations will be as follows:

  • $313 fine for ages 17 and older
  • $187 fine for ages 14 to 16
  • $90 fine for ages 12 to 13

Under certain circumstances, parents may also be fined for the actions of their children, the police chief says.

Chief Lamb said officers will continue to try an "education-first" approach to violators before resorting to citations.