Police Crackdown On Teen Curfew

By: Ashley Fielder Email
By: Ashley Fielder Email

Police say several areas across town become prime spots for loitering teens as the temperatures warm up and kids start getting out of school.

“A lot of us want to go to movies, bowling, and stuff like that,” said Mesa Ridge Junior Shana Hanley.

Hanley says she stays out until about midnight on weekends, but when summer comes she says she stays out as late as she wants.

That’s why Colorado Springs Police says the curfew is in place, to make sure when kids are out late, they are not getting into trouble.

“Vandalism, malicious mischief, graffiti, that kind of thing,” said CSPD Lt. Alan Scott.

But a lot of teens say the midnight curfew on weekends, and ten o'clock curfew on weekdays is just a pain.

“It's understandable but also frustrating.”

14-year-old Jenny Gonzales has been stopped by police for being out too late, she was given a warning.

If police do issue a curfew ticket, it comes with a maximum penalty of $500 in fines and 30 days in jail.

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  • by abc on Apr 17, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    She stays out as late as she wants? Where are her parents? Are they the type of parents who turn a blind eye to what their child is doing? This girl is bound for trouble sooner or later.
  • by The Dude on Apr 14, 2007 at 07:16 AM
    I recall the trouble I got into. I think it's a good thing. I am seeing graffiti and very hateful graffiti going up all over the place at a very alarming rate. It can lead to gang activity. On the flip side, it would be great if there were places that allow our kids to hang out late. Like the bowling alleys and things like that. Of course bowling alleys alone will get boring really quick. I'm not sure what the solution is, but from my own experience without a heavy hand in controlling what our kids do, it's only luck if they don't end up dead, in jail, or with a baby at a young age.
  • by Ingrid Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 13, 2007 at 11:09 PM
    Kids don't understand the danger they can get into by staying out late at night without adult supervision. I understand that all they can see is the fun, therefore, the parents need to take responsibility for their children. As a mother I am happy that a curfew is in place.
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