Union Bridge council debates '78 curfew law

August 24, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Union Bridge council members debated Monday night how effective the town's curfew law has been in keeping teens off the streets and out of trouble.

Most members reported there had been no violations of the 1978 law, which says youngsters under age 18 should be inside by 10 p.m. on weeknights and by midnight Friday and Saturday.

Council members recently called for stronger enforcement of the law when residents complained that teens were being disruptive late at night.

But Councilwoman Bonnie Hyde said she felt the law wasn't being enforced, citing an incident on a recent Friday in which she saw 25 teens on a street corner near West Broadway at 11:30 p.m.

Ms. Hyde said she was investigating a resident's call complaining that someone was setting off firecrackers.

Mayor Perry Jones pointed out yesterday that the teens were not breaking the curfew law and that no one had determined they were the ones throwing firecrackers. He has received phone calls from residents who said there were three young people on the street that night.

"I haven't had any other reports of kids on the streets after curfew," Mr. Jones said.

The mayor said if anyone does see a teen violating curfew, the town's resident trooper should be notified with the name of the youngster. The trooper will then contact the teen's parents and give them a citation stating the child's violation.

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