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Youngstown police and council seek to toughen curfew law



Published: Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 8:54 p.m.

Youngstown police and council seek to toughen curfew law

YOUNGSTOWN

With the school year coming to an end, police plan to crack down on minors — and their parents and guardians — for those violating the city’s curfew law.

Police Chief Rod Foley told city council’s safety committee members today that he supports legislation, sponsored by Councilman John R. Swierz, D-7th, to increase the fines for those who break the city curfew.

“We also want to make sure the parents are held responsible,” Foley said.

The city law makes it a minor misdemeanor for children 17 years of age and younger to be on streets and sidewalks between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The parents and guardians of those kids can also be charged.

The first offense would remain a minor misdemeanor. The second offense would also be a minor misdemeanor, but the mandatory fine would be $150. A typical fine currently is $25 to $50.

The third and subsequent offenses would be a fourth-degree misdemeanor, with violators facing a fine of up to $250.

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1biggee(43 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Come on. These problem kids are killing each other. I don't think that a stiffer curfew law is going to help. If that's the best solution they can come up with it is gonna be a long summer.

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2peggygurney(392 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Unfortunately, I have to agree.

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3bfpeer(26 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Yeah I'm sure that us really going to make a difference. ¡NOT! Those monsters are all over the place at night. The cops drive past them without even noticing!

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4hrshbrg7(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes we are still going to have crime, but this is made to prevent it from happening. If a police car drives down a street and sees four sixteen year old kids outside at 11:30, he can then remove them from the street and keep them from causing something. Thats the point. The other is what are these kids doing out that late anyway?

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5FifthAve(168 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This law gives license to the cops to spend a whole lot of "safe time" on the job chasing after teens when the real criminals--the career criminals-- are breaking all the laws with no one hot on their trails.

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6UticaShale(854 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Martial Law

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7ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Half of these kids don't know who their daddy is and their mom wants to be their friend instead of being mom. This is a flippin joke!!

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8jbyrd1960(49 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

We are stupid people here in Y-Town

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9southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years ago

Single Mothers cannot watch their children because they are working, or in some cases just are not interested.

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