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Youngstown to crack down on curfew violations

Published: Fri, April 19, 2013 @ 12:10 a.m.



By David Skolnick



The city plans to crack down on minors violating the curfew, once school ends June 6, and also urges parents to know the whereabouts of their children.

“If you don’t know where your kids are, they can get in trouble,” said Mayor Charles Sammarone. “Crime goes up in the summer. We want to make sure kids are safe and not getting into trouble.”

As it did last year, the police department will focus this summer on enforcing the city’s curfew law.

Those under age 18 are not permitted to be on streets and sidewalks between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Also, parents and guardians of youths charged with violating the curfew can be charged.

The city may make the start of the curfew earlier for younger children, Sammarone said.

Though the city can focus on curfew enforcement, it ultimately is the responsi-bility of the parents of minors to know where their kids are at all times, Sammarone said.

“Parents have to be involved,” he said. “We can only do so much. At the end of the day, it’s up to parents to make sure their kids are doing the right thing.”

The mayor said a March 17 column written by Bertram de Souza, a Vindicator columnist and editorial page writer, about a Warren car accident that killed six, including five kids either 14 or 15 years old, led him to push for the campaign, called “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”

Parents should not only know the physical location of their children, but also what they’re doing online because of the rise in cyberbullying and cyberstalking, and how they are doing academically, said Guy Burney, coordinator of the city’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence.

“We’ll have a prevention side of this with billboards and community meetings, and an intervention side with curfew sweeps,” he said. “We don’t want young people to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s about keeping your kids safe. Not that they’re doing anything wrong or illegal, but sometimes something bad can happen that’s beyond their control.”

The city plans to officially unveil the initiative at 10:30 a.m. today at a press conference in city council chambers at city hall, 26 S. Phelps St.


1cheybaby2(103 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

We had a Curfew back in the 60- 70's in Warren, I was picked up twice , once at a concert in warren and a party in newton falls, Parents are so dumb to trust there kids, how about checking to see if there really at the friends all night in the house, know the parents and if there enforcing there kids to stay in. If you Suspect Your Kids are Drinking or Doing Drugs Get Them Tested, DONT LOSE your KIDS to Tragedy . Parents Are Not Doing There Part To Keep there Kids Safe, I taught my Son to Never Get in a Car when Someone was Drinking, He would Call me Everytime To Pick him up. He was with me when i was hit 1985 by a Drunk Driver He seen first hand what a Drunk Can Do at age 5, I was Hit Again by a drunk in 2001. all in Warren.

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2jmagaratz(189 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow! What an idea! Curfew for minors....will wonders never cease. Thank goodness for insightful political leadership! There may be hope for Youngstown yet!

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3dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

hahahahaha this is the funniest thing i have read yet. If the thugs are out now causing trouble what makes you think the parent will give a crap when they have a curfew? jails are too full to keep them in jail for not watching their own lil thugs.

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