Council renews juvenile curfew ordinance with 7-0 vote - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Council renews juvenile curfew ordinance with 7-0 vote

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock city council members voted unanimously to renew the city's juvenile curfew at Tuesday night's meeting. By state law, the city ordinance must be renewed every three years.

The ordinance outlines exactly when juveniles under the age of 16 are allowed to be out in public places without the supervision of an adult. Sunday through Thursday, juveniles will be issued a citation if they're out from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

They gain an hour on the weekends with the curfew starting at midnight. Students from the ages of six to 16 can also be issued a citation is they're not in school.

Sergeant Jason Lewis with the Lubbock Police Department says the ordinance is necessary.

"It allows officers to send kids home that are up to no good and just hanging around waiting for something bad to happen," Lewis said.

In 2012, officers made 336 juvenile theft arrests, 174 drug arrests and took in 62 criminal mischief offenders.

Since 2010, officers have issued 713 juvenile curfew citations, which could warrant up to a $500 fine, mostly bankrolled by parents.

"If a parent doesn't want to be responsible for their 15-year-old child, this gives them a tool to make them go home and the parents are going to be the ones paying the fine," Lewis said.

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