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City approves curfew, but questions remain

Sep 29, 2010 10:49:00 AM - thestate.com
Teens 17 and under would have to be off the streets by midnight or face a $100 fine or two days in jail, under a curfew City Council approved this morning.

But City Attorney Ken Gaines said he had some concerns about the ordinance and wanted to discuss them with the council in a closed-to-the-public meeting. Gaines declined to elaborate when asked by council members for a more detailed explanation.

The curfew would exempt college students with a valid college ID, and it also includes a host of exceptions for working teens and other situations that would require a teenager to be out past midnight.

Under the ordinance, police could not arrest a teen for being out after midnight. But police could issue a court summons, where a judge could impose a sentence. The jail time and fine would only take effect after the third violation.

The curfew is part of a larger strategy to crack down on crime in the city's hospitality districts, specifically Five Points, which had three reported shootings during the summer. Council approved changes to the city's open container law earlier today.

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