Casino officials testify on kids left in cars

Thomas Bonner (inset), Parx vice president and general counsel, testified before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on what the casino is doing about parents leaving kids in vehicles while they gamble inside.
Thomas Bonner (inset), Parx vice president and general counsel, testified before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on what the casino is doing about parents leaving kids in vehicles while they gamble inside. (Ron Tarver / Parx; Suzette Parmley / Bonner; Staff Photographers)
Posted: August 18, 2011

HARRISBURG - Top officials from Parx Casino say they've stepped up patrols of the parking lot to combat the problem of parents leaving children unattended in cars at the Bensalem gambling hall while they're gambling.

Parx chief executive Leonard DeAngelo and chief counsel Thomas Bonner testified Thursday before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in Harrisburg.

Bonner says the casino, which is next to the Philadelphia Park racetrack, has added a second around-the-clock security patrol in the parking lot and a third vehicle during peak weekend periods. He says the number of security cameras in the 5,000-space lot has nearly doubled.

The officials say that only three incidents have been reported this year, compared with nine in 2010. But some board members suggested that additional measures or tougher laws might be warranted.

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